“Matariki Mātao, Matariki Piripiri, Matariki Tāpuapua”

Singing and music are essential to the learning development of the imaginations of our tamariki and their ability to express ideas in kupu, waiata, kanikani, and Te Reo. Waiata reaches the parts that other things can’t reach, waiata brings forth a response in the listener. On the brisk morning of Thursday 27th of June, the many listeners and shop owners on Rora Street in Te Kūiti heard the ringing and singing of tamariki and kōhungahunga who were once again, marching for Matariki and Te Reo Māori me onā katoa.

Another year, another march. Another year, another Matariki which signals the start of the Māori New Year. Whīkoi mo te Reo 2019 celebrated its 19th year running which is a celebration in its own right, a time of renewal to gather, reflect and plan. The planning of a bright future for our tamariki and for our reo here in Te Nehenehenui.

Clear and bright stars promised a warm and abundant winter while hazy stars warned of a bleak winter. Te Kūititanga-o-te-whakaaro did not have a warm winter morning, but it did have committed whānau and tamariki who gathered and walked forward together. The united march and celebration which started from the Te Kūiti Shearing Statue gathered local Kohanga Reo, Primary Schools and Kura Kaupapa which included Te Iti a Rata, Piopio, Oparure and Te Kūiti Kohanga Reo, Benneydale School, Piopio Primary, Piopio College, Pukenui School, Hato Hohepa Catholic School, Aria School, Te Kura Rautau (Centennial Park School), and Mokau Primary.

The blend of kura auraki and reo-based kura provided a foundation for the whīkoi to encourage and support engagement, interaction, and diversity among all participants. Te Whīkoi mo Te Reo was established as an initiative to create awareness about Te Reo Māori and to support ākonga, kaiako and Kāhui Ako learning in and through Te Reo Māori o Maniapoto in both Māori medium and English medium settings.

With a firm eye on the future, the tamariki & kōhungahunga stood as the heart of the kaupapa as they embracaed themselves in waiata, pakiwaitara and kapa haka on stage at the Les Munro Centre.

Lastly, a presentation was made by the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board, te Rōpū Tautoko I te Mātauranga and Natasha Willison-Reardon on Ngā Tamariki o Rereahu, a new book series resource produced to further strengthen teaching and learning of Maniapoto tupuna and history, now and for generations to come.

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this kaupapa further by watching the video below:

Maniapoto Māori Trust Board is privileged to have supported Whīkoi mo Te Reo 2019 and look forward to seeing more kaupapa such as this in the near future.

Explore this kaupapa further by watching the video below.­