July 2011Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Last week was a week of celebrating te reo and tikanga Māori, and what a wonderfulcelebration it was. Our Year 7 & 8 students held their Trash to Fashion show, their theme wasMatariki
. Throughout the week, and during their lunch hours, students auditioned for the te Reo talentquest. All the finalists performed their items in last week’s community assembly which drew thecelebrations to a close.While manaakitanga is but a singular word, it’s important to note that it does not have a singular meaning or application. Manaakitanga and its root word, manaaki
, describes or manifests, in a Māori sense,more of a broader cultural concept around reciprocity of kindness, respect and humanity. Translating or re-defining the manaakitanga concept into one word would be short-sightedand restrictive, potentiall
y limiting. There are several phrases in English that embody the concept of manaakitanga as per the graphic below:
Trash to Fashion Show ~ This year’s theme: Matariki
What an outstanding and very professional event.
I would like to thank all our teachers (includingRTLBs), all our support staff, our Year 7 & 8 (Rimu Team) students as well as the kappa haka group, thedance group and Rooms 21 & 22.We were fortunate to have both Sam Lotu-Iiga (our National Party MP) as well as Carol Beaumont (our Labour Party List MP) present at the Show. Both had to apply for special leave from Parliament to attend –this means our school’s name would have been mentioned in two separate Parliamentary leaveapplications – wow!
Other guests included:
Lt. Ed Fulker & Berend Terbrake from HMNZS te Kaha
Last Week’s Māori Language Week – the theme was Manaakitanga