Kia ora whanau, nau mai, haere mai, welcome to our kapa haka site here at Omanu School.
This website has been developed for our school whanau to keep up to date with all things Kapa Haka, Te Reo and Tikanga Māori going on in our kura. This site includes waiata that our tamariki are working on, information on upcoming events, photos of our groups performing and much more. If your tamariki is wanting to practise at home for performances, they can find all the waiata lyrics here to help them.
This year we have been developing waiata throughout both the middle and junior school, and have just finalised numbers for our senior group that will be performing at the Ra Whakangahau this year. Due to the outstanding numbers of tamariki that have expressed enthusiasm to join kapa haka this year we are also developing a middle school kapa haka group for years 3/4 who will have an opportunity to perform at both the Duathalon and their final assembly at the end of the term.
It is my aim to ensure that kapa haka is a fun, positive and valuable learning experience for all tamariki that choose to give it a go. I am a fully registered teacher and for the past 5 years have stepped out of the classroom to assist schools in developing Te Reo and Tikanga Māori at the basic levels within their school. My own personal goals are to pursue fluent levels of Te Reo as I grew up with English as my first language. As I continue on this incredible journey in helping schools develop in this area, I have become increasingly aware that I need to gain full knowledge and understanding of my culture and I intend to work hard in order to do so. In the meantime I am enjoying working with our teachers and tamariki to create positive attitudes, knowledge and understanding especially through music.
Kō Mauao te maunga Kō Tauranga te moana Kō Tākitimu rāua kō Mataatua te waka Kō Ngāi te Rangi me Ngāti Ranginui rāua kō Ngāti Pūkenga ōku iwi Kō Hūria me Tamapahore rāua kō Whetu-o-te-Rangi ōku marae Kō Hōri Ngaruna Mikaere rāua kō Ruby Harata Mikaere (nee Matthews) ōku kaumātua Kō David Mikaere tōku matua tāne Kō Fay Baldock tōku whaea Kō Leah Mikaere tōku ingoa.
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS A huge tēnā rawe atu koe to Māori.org.nz, maoriprintables.blogspot.co.nz me classroomclipart.com raua ko the amazing Helena Bethune for their awesome artwork and website design tools, kia ora! Helena Bethune created the Rangimoekaus (image of 3 sisters swinging poi) based on a true life whanau. You can view Helena's short film at https://www.facebook.com/The-Rangimoekaus-185926128104880/.