Last weekend was our last – of eight – noho marae for our Rōnakitanga class this year. This final noho marks the end of a year long course in learning Te Reo at level 5. I am so proud of the Tāhuna whānau and the indelible impression that they left on the other students and kaiako at Waihōpai – Invercargill. The Tāhuna and Waihōpai students put on a concert of waiata – Māori songs, to sign off a year of learning, fun and lifelong friendships.
This last noho was at Tomairangi Marae in Invercargill and we were treated to exceptional hospitality, especially at the hākari – feast – where some of Southlands finest delicacies were on offer. This included, Oysters, Kina and Tītī – muttonbird! He makue! He hunene! Delicious!
We all now look forward to our next adventure in learning Te Reo Māori. Wherever that may be!