Kura students learn lessons of old on a waka hourua
Using the environment and teachings of old for students of today, that's what Te Kura Kaupapa Māori ā Rohe o Māngere have done by letting their students sail Te Moana a Toi, the Bay of Plenty, on waka hourua.
According to teacher Povy Moses, the school is reminding them that teachings outside of the classroom are just as important as those inside.
“Ki te ako i ngā āhuatanga a koro a kui mā, otirā ngā ahuatanga o o tātou tīpuna i runga i tēnei mea te waka hourua.”
20 students from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori ā Rohe o Māngere have arrived in Tauranga to learn canoe navigating.
Moses also says because they're raised in the city it’s good for them to experience traditional teachings.
“Te rahi hoki o ngā tamariki ka ngaro i te tāone nui, ka ngaro hoki ngā ahuatanga o te kāinga, ngā tikanga o te kāinga, ka noho kuare nei ētahi. Kaha ana rātou te tākaro te teihana tākaro wēnā momo kēmu engari ka noho kuare nei ki ngā taonga Māori nei.”
According to Patrick Mohi of Hawaiki Voyaging even though the children have left the classroom there are subjects they can still learn outdoors, on board the waka.
“Ngā momo pūtaiao, ngā momo taonga, ā o tātou tīpuna ki runga, pēhea te whakahaere i te waka tērā he momo science, he aha ngā nukunuku o ngā whetu he momo science. Tērā pehea te whakakīngia te rā e te hau he momo science anō tērā.”
Despite being nervous, the urban-based children got to know the teachings passed down by their ancestors.