E Te Atua
He mihi tenei ki a koe
Mo ou painga ki a matou
This is our greeting/acknowledgement to you
For keeping us in good stead/well/safe/on the right path
Kia tau kia a tatou katoa
Te atawhai o to tatou Ariki
O Ihu Karaiti, me te aroha
O te Atua, me te whiwhingatahitanga
Ki te Wairua Tapu, ake, ake, ake
The love of God
And the fellowship of
The holy spirit
Be with us all
Learning the language through waiata is a great way for our tamariki to understand and practice the language.
Check our a couple of waiata we sing as a school
For further waiata to sing with your child check our this site:
The Benefits of Learning Te Reo
Te reo Māori and tikanga Māori are intertwined, and so learning te reo Māori gives students access to te ao Māori (the Māori world) and to Māori world views. The insights and experiences that students gain as they learn the language will enrich and broaden their understandings of the uniqueness and complexity of te ao Māori. As students compare tikanga Māori with other cultures within New Zealand and overseas, they develop an understanding of the central roles that language, culture, place and heritage play in shaping identity and in giving direction and meaning to life. They come to understand that culture shapes the ways people think and behave, and begin to appreciate the value of cultural diversity. They learn about the important role that indigenous languages and cultures play in New Zealand and throughout the world.
The Benefits of Learning Te Reo Māori
We have a large percentage of Cook Island Māori within our school. We aim to integrate the language and continue to mainly learn through song and lessons.
It's important to us that we recognise and celebrate various cultures within our school. For children to know who they are and where they come from can help them to be successful at school.
Check out this site to help learn Cook Islands Language.