Activity 1: The Waiata - A Song in Your Heart
In the past, Māori would often use song as a way of sharing information or communicating emotions. A waiata is the name given to a traditional Māori song. One of my all-time favourite waiata is Kia Paimarie. What about you?
Actually I have 2 all time favourite waiata's! It is Tutira Mai Nga Iwi and Tiaho Mai Ra. I liked both songs because they have strong meanings. A student that attended Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Nga Mokopuna in Wellington. There she composed the song for her brother that she saw as a brother having trouble. The other Tutira Mai Nga Iwi is a very strong song it's all about standing together as one team and working hard. Both songs are very strong and has a good meaning to it.
Activity 2: Playing Games
Hundreds of years ago, young Māori children were taught to play a number of games, including Poi Rakau, Ki O Rahi, Koruru Taonga and Poi Toa. Read about each of these four games on the Rangatahi tu Rangatira website. Have you played any of them before? Isn’t it cool how the games have been passed down for generations?
The name of the game I chose it called Poi Rakau!
The aim of the is to try and get the other opponents stick before it falls on to the ground and you OUT!
The rules of the game are you will stand in a circle each holding a pole. When the caller yells left or right but in maori Maui or Ratau you will move to that direction and take the other opponents spot.
I've played Poi rakau before but this was back in 2016 when we had Maori! I would definitely like to play again!