Rangitāne o Wairau held its first Kura Reo in July with over 70 attendees. This is the first Kura Reo of this nature in Te Tau Ihu and was held at both Ūkaipō and Tuamātene. There were two levels, Te Tūāpapa, facilitated by Te Ataarangi and Te Kura Whakapakari, facilitated by Jeremy MacLeod and Te Korou Whangataua. The Kura Reo was 5 days long, attracting many of our local whānau, as well as iwi members from outside of the rohe, some who had never visited Wairau before. The week was hugely successful, including a Trivia night as well as regular waiata & haka sessions. The week was culminated with students performing E mihi atu nei, followed by our haka Rangitāne, upoko ki runga! Performed as a ngeri.
Kura Reo was an initative started by language guru, Sir Tīmoti Kāretu at Waimārama Marae, Hawkes Bay in 1989. Since then, Kura Reo has grown exponentially. There are Kura Reo held across the nation in Ngāti Kahungunu, Te Whakatōhea, Ngāti Hauā, Te Taitokerau, Rotorua, Otaki, Tokoroa and Otautahi. This is the first time this kaupapa has come to Te Tau Ihu and Rangitāne o Wairau is thrilled to announce the plan to hold this the annually in the first week of the July school holidays.
Te Tūāpapa, facilitated by the Te Ataarangi ki Te Tau Ihu consisted of 4 levels. Te Ataarangi’s ethos is humility, and we were very fortunate to have the tutors that epitomised this principle. Te Ataarangi is renowned for providing a very supportive and conducive learning environment. In the Kura Whakapakari, students learnt idioms, informal language, contemporary idioms, and also examined the writings of Rangitāne tūpuna Teoti Makitānara and his son Tuiti.
We wish to thank those who attended this inaugural Kura Reo and look forward to cementing this as an annual event. Tangata Rau, Reo Kotahi, kia mau!