Saturday, 23 December 2017

SLJ WK1 D4 Activity 1/2 Hitting a High Note

Activity 1: The Waiata - A Song in Your Heart
In the past, Mฤori would often use song as a way of sharing information or communicating emotions.  A waiata is the name given to a traditional Mฤori 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 Mฤori 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!


  1. Hi Amelia
    I'm Vedel from Glen Innes School... Outstanding work you have done!!! This is some very awesome work you have done!!!! Would you consider playing Poi Rakau???

  2. Hey there Amelia, great to see you've been blogging lots these holidays. I hope you keep it up all throughout summer.

    I like how you're so passionate that you decided to share two Waiata. I also like that you were able to share a bit about the history of one of the Waiata and also the meaning of the other.

    What sort of music do you usually listen to?

    I love Poi Rakau! I've played this game plenty of times with my class. It's cool how simple this game is yet so much fun.

    Great blogging, keep it up!

  3. thanks for sharing this meaningful article