December 9, 2008
Haki was happy to give me a ‘smile’ for the camera:) The expression is actually called a ‘Pukana’ which means “(verb) to stare wildly, dilate the eyes – done by both genders when performing haka and waiata to emphasise particular words. You can see another photo here which will also show you woman (wahine) with their traditional tattoo’s and a select of Patu’s. (Bat like weapons.)
Below are some candid shots that I took from the event which was held in Papamoa (a beach subrub not far from Tauranga City.) For those of you who are interested the word “Ra” means Day and “Whakangahau” means to entertain and amuse. The ‘Wh” is pronounced like a F.
December 4, 2008
Yesterday was Orientation Day at Tauranga Intermediate for next years in take of year 7 students. I can hardly believe that my eldest will be at intermediate next year so it was all a little surreal. It really does seem like yesterday that I was sniffling back the tears on her first day of school!
The intermediate has a role of 1200 (up 900 on her current school!) and is where most of the kids from Tauranga go to for there year 7 and 8 schooling. The school (aside from the share size of it) seemed nice and my daughter’s optimistic about the year ahead. The row of flags here represents some of the diverse cultures at the school. In addition to meeting the teachers and having a tour of the school we heard the schools Rock Band and Brass Band play, heard songs by solo singers (who chose songs from Tina Turner, The Beatles and Nirvana!) and we saw the schools Kapa Haka (Maori Culture Group) and Pacific Islands Group perfom. There were also dances (classical solo and hip hop group) and wearable arts and young designers fashion parade……wheeeew! Well done to the school for such an interesting and warm welcome!