The Room 12 Whanau Waka

Room 12 looked at the meaning of ‘Whanau’.  We discovered that we belong to lots of different whanau groups. We also discussed how we can be good members of the Room 12 whanau.  

We made a big waka holding our Room 12 whanau. Each of us designed, drew and coloured a koru picture to represent our whanau at home.  These pictures were put together to make the waka that supports our Room 12 whanau.  The waves holding up our waka represent the other groups that we belong to; Poihipi, the Junior Team, Wairakei Primary School, Wairakei Village, Taupo, and New Zealand. Together with our buddy class we designed and made hoe (paddles) to go with our waka. It was a fantastic project that our whole Room 12 whanau enjoyed working on together.  We showed great pride in the finished waka.

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Nga Waka o te Motu’ (named by Matua Grant, our kapahaka teacher)

Our Room 12 whanau work together to paddle in the right direction.  We are supported by our whanau at home and are floating on lots of other ‘whanau’ groups that we belong to.

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Preparing to dye our sea