December 20, 2017
Lullaby transmits Hauiti history
Tamariki and whanau from Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Mangatuna have held a hiko around Hauiti in Uawa-Tolaga Bay, learning the stories behind the landmarks with the help of an oriori or lullaby composed by Dr Wayne Ngata.
It was led by historian and Maori education advisor Victor Walker, who says Dr Ngata's Raukura i Te Rangi is a great composition that gives gentle instruction to the tamariki about their ancestors and where they lived.
"It's a really neat way of bringing all that knowledge forward in today's reality for our tamariki so they do learn about themselves and we go to the places mentioned in the waiata which adds not only a cultural learning dimension but also a physical one as well," he says.
Mr Walker says oriori were an effective way to transmit messages and behaviour.
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