“E whakairo ana mai tō tīpuna”
Anō te pai te āhua reka o te noho tahi a te tuakana me te taina i runga i te ngākau kotahi. The Maniapoto Primary Schools Māori Culture Festival took place two weeks ago at The Les Munro Centre. The purpose of this event was fostering ahurea Māori and strengthening whanaungatanga in a non-competitive capacity. Maniapototanga was showcased through the celebration of our iwi anthems by our tamariki, mokopuna.
The kura who participated were: Te Kura Rautau, Aria, Rangitoto, Pukenui, Kihikihi, Te Kūiti Primary, Piopio, Te Tira Haka o Te Whare Kura o Maniapoto, Kawhia and Te Tira Haka o Te Kura Rautau. All schools who affiliate as Maniapoto were asked to participate and celebrate their inherent ability to express themselves creatively. The crowd was filled with adoring kanohi, energy, and an untold amount of pride. Although the wairua of the kaupapa was non-competitive, that didn’t stop our tamariki from demonstrating the fruits of Tane Rore and Hine Rehia.
With the tamariki taking center stage, our Maniapoto ruruhi and koroheke were taking great pleasure in seeing the development and confidence that blossomed from the performance of their mokopuna. A strong sense of identity was present as each kura and tamaiti received their chance to stand in front of an excitingly large audience.
These forms of spaces help nurture and develop the key cultural pillars for the identity of the wider Maniapoto hāpori. Songs were sung, haka were belted, and anthems resonated through the halls of our kapa haka hub. A day where our iwi truly displayed the characteristics that we are known by, manaakitanga and aroha.
Various sponsors that gave life to such a beautiful event must be acknowledged, primarily to Centennial Park School Whanau Support Group who effortlessly assembled those from close and afar. The Maniapoto Māori Trust Board continue to enjoy supporting kaupapa such as this that continue to drive and showcase our anthems & reo to the motu.
Explore this kaupapa further by watching the video below.