Whiria te tāngata

Weave the people together
During the months of June and July the nine stars of Matariki appear in the eastern sky at dawn, heralding in te tauhou Maaori / the Maaori new year. Although seen at different times depending on your location, the important thing to remember is to acknowledge and celebrate Matariki. At Green Bay High School we feel very privileged to have Whaea Drina Paratene guide us on our journey.

During Matariki, te reo Maaori language students have begun a collaborative journey of their own, harvesting harakeke (flax) and preparing it for the process of weaving a paakee. Paakee are most commonly worn by kapa haka groups, but may also be worn for important cultural ceremonies.

During the process tauira learn the appropriate tikanga / cultural practices for using harakeke and gain a deeper understanding of core Maaori values such as kootahitanga / working collaboratively, manaakitanga / respect for each and the harakeke and tautoko / support.

Weaving a sense of belonging, whānau, and tradition, we look forward to seeing the cloak telling its own history of whānau and whakapapa (genealogy) over the years to come.

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Inā kei te mohio koe ko wai koe, i ahu mai koe i hea, kei te mohio koe, kei to ahu atu ki hea – If you know who are and where you are from, then you will know where you are going.