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O Wairoa Marae Schools Programme

Programmes cost $230.00 inc GST. This includes koha and morning tea.

Programmes are availabe as morning and afternoon sessions on Wednesdays only.

→ 90 minutes for playcentres and kindergartens

→ 120 minutes sessions for school groups

Fill out our enquiry form to book your marae experience at O Wairoa Marae

Plan your visit to O Wairoa Marae

O Wairoa Marae offers kaiako (teachers) and ākonga (students) a marae experience and an opportunity to learn about Māori culture and the local history of the gardens. The programme is engaging, interactive and teaches our ākonga about Aotearoa’s history, supporting them to be critical thinkers and understand our past to make sense of the present.

O Wairoa Marae is nestled in the grounds of Emilia Maud Nixon’s Garden of Memories, providing the perfect experience to support your learning. 

During your time at O Wairoa Marae, ākonga (students) will experience te ao Māori through te reo Māori (language), tikanga (customs) and kawa (protocols). Learning about Māori history through the inspiration of pūrākau (stories) and waiata (song).

Your cultural experience will consist of a pōwhiri (welcome), activities in Te Wharenui Matariki, a tour of Te Ngahere (the forest) and a visit to Te Whare Taonga (the museum) as follows:

Pōwhiri - Welcome
The kawa (protocol) of O Wairoa Marae is Tainui - Tū atu, tū mai.

Traditionally, tangata whenua (hosts) welcome manuhiri (guests) into their spiritual meeting place called the marae. Ākonga (students) and kaiako (teachers) will experience the different stages of pōwhiri, from the first karanga (a call of welcome led by a female kuia (elder) of the hosts ensuring safe passage into the marae). This is followed by karakia (prayer), whaikōrero (speeches), waiata (song), koha (gift), hongi/harirū (connecting nose to nose and forehead to forehead) and kai (food) to whakanoa (remove tapu), completing the pōwhiri process.

Te Wharenui - Matariki
Programmes delivered in the wharenui are directed at enhancing tamariki's (children) knowledge of te ao Māori in a stimulating and creative way. Concepts of whakawhanaungatanga (getting to know each other) allow the tamariki to introduce themselves through a short pepeha (introduction connecting genealogy), done with manaakitanga (care and support) to help tamariki to become more understanding of tikanga (customs). With a focus on waiata (song), pūrākau (storytelling) and te reo Māori (language/diction) being incorporated into the programme, tamariki become more familiar in the cultural knowledge.  

Te Ngahere – The forest
Māori are intrinsically and inherently connected to the environment. This is represented in whakapapa (genealogy), pūrākau (stories) and ngā atua (gods/deities). During the O Wairoa Marae programme, ākonga (students) will take a guided tour exploring and identifying native plant life, plants used for rongoā (medicine) as well as the native bird and insect life and the effect each have in keeping te ngahere ecologically sound. Ākonga (students) will also learn about kaitiakitanga (guardianship), ngā atua (gods) and the significance each of these hold in te ao Māori.

Te Whare Taonga - The Museum
Te Whare Taonga contains a collection of taonga (historical treasures), some of which are more than 100 years old. Through the O Wairoa Marae programme, ākonga (students) will learn the history of the Tainui waka, migration of Māori to the local area and about the life of Emilia Maud Nixon, founder of the Garden of Memories. These gardens were established to promote harmony and goodwill between all peoples by fostering understanding of the early settlers, pioneer women and the traditions of Māori, particularly Ngāi Tai. Pūrākau (stories) are woven into the content of this programme.

Te Tuhi is open as usual during the Eastern Busway construction. Please call us on (09) 577 0138 if you have any questions.

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