During term 1, our Year 9 students and the students from the Kohanga Ako will visit Rāpaki marae, and have the opportunity to experience a pōwhiri in the whare nui.
Classes will pair up for each visit, making five trips in all, so that all students will be able to participate in the pōwhiri, the sharing of kai, and the recitation of their mihi on the marae.
Students will travel by bus, and be away from school for the morning.
The dates for each visit are:
March 6: 9RD and 9HN
March 9: 9BT and 9GD
March 13: 9VP and 9CN
March 15: 9HW and 9MH
March 27: 9NS and Kohanga Ako
The whare nui at Rāpaki marae, near Governor’s Bay, has been recently rebuilt, and beautifully embellished with whakairo and raranga. The superb site on the harbour adds to the visual and moving experience.
Rapaki Marae Trip
On Friday the 9th of March 9GD, 9BT, some of the Year 13 class leaders, and teachers, went on a trip to the Rapaki marae in Lyttelton harbour.
We arrived there by 9:15 and were welcomed onto the marae by a powhiri featuring Matua Rewi of Rapaki.
As time passed, we listened to Matua Rewi tell us about the history of the marae and other the ancestors who came before us.
After the stories, we collected into groups and shared the mihi that we had prepared at school for this day.
This was challenging for some who are new to speaking Maori, but others already had a mihi that they have known for a long time.
It was a privilege to step foot onto Rapaki marae and for them to greet us with a powhiri.
I had a great time and would love to go back.