In week 7 all Pod 1,2 and 3 classes visited Te Whare Wanaga O Owairoa, the marae in Howick. When we arrived we were welcomed onto the marae with a powhiri. During the powhiri each student, teacher and parent helper got to have a hongi with some of the tangata whenua. The boys got to learn how to do the haka and the girls learnt how to swing and use a poi. We all got to look in the Whare Taonga (museum). Some of the treasures inside were: a pataka (outside pantry), a shell collection, miniature dolls, old photographs, carvings and a collection of kete. We also got to explore the lower garden (ngahere) and learnt a little about some of the native trees and bushes, and how they were used by Maori for medicinal purposes.
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