The kids holiday programme with a Māori flavour
The Māori games and skills holiday programme may be the perfect cure for your bored kids next holidays. With its Māori flavour and fun activities, the free programme run by Te Oro Music and Arts Centre it has been a hit with kids of all ages.
While the storm rages outside, there's much fun to be had inside, and that's thanks to Te Oro's Holiday Programme which teacher Rawinia Farrell saying all children were included.
“He tō mai i ngā tamariki o te hapori, ahakoa Māori mai, ahakoa tēwhea ahurea.”
It's about bringing in local kids of all ethnicities and cultures together.
The programme aims to teach songs, haka and Māori traditions to these Glen Innes kids over the holidays.
“Ko te tino hua, ko te whakaako ahakoa te aha. Ko te whakaako i ngā tamariki i ngā mahi a te Māori.”
25 kids have registered for the programme, which is in its second season, but it's not just for Māori.
“Ngā moutere, nō wāhi kē atu. Ētahi ka tae mai mai i te wēta, mai i te tonga, katoa, ehara i te mea ko te katoa o ngā tamariki ka tae mai nō tēnei hapori, engari nō hapori kē atu, nō ahurea kē atu.
According to organiser Jenni Heka, the main thing is that the kids are enjoying themselves.
“If they're laughing then that's good. If they're not, that's a problem!”
The last day of the programme is about to end, but if your family is keen to take part in the next intake, the programme will kick off again during the April school holidays.