Monday, April 11, 2016


Piako Rua had a wonderful day today celebrating the Re-opening and Blessing of our new and improved playground. 
This was the ACT part of our Inquiry.

We were delighted to have Pa Jack, Mrs Peck, Ms Harnett, Mrs Mercer and Papa Nathan come and help us celebrate.

We were super busy in the morning doing a quick practice and then getting all the food prepared.
Everyone helped.
We made fairy bread, fruit kebabs and popcorn.  Thank you to Sophie M's Mum for making the delicious brownie and to Aaron's Mum who made a yummy sultana cake for the children and adults too.

At half past ten on the dot, we started our Blessing with the Pou Mihi. 
Jackson led this very well.
Then Pa Jack stood and welcomed everyone. 
We sang a song to tautoko what Pa Jack had said,  (That means we agree with him).
Next Kalas said his mihi.  This explained where he is from and who his family are and to which tribe be belongs.  The teachers all said Kalas did an amazing job and they were so proud of him.

Ethan, Aaron, Miya, Aeva, Mikayla and Zoha (the rest of our Candylanders) all shared different aspects of our learning.
After they had finished speaking, we sang another song to tautoko them.

Next it was time for the Blessing of the playground by Pa Jack and Mrs Peck cut the ribbon.


Then the manuhiri were served kaputi (morning tea) first.  This Maori protocol.  We waited patiently and then we were allowed to have some morning tea too.

After that we tested out our brand new playground!

We had a blast!

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