This year I have been trying to enjoy and participate in Maori culture, learning Maori songs and learning our mihi. A mihi is introducing yourself like your name, your parents and your mountain. Last term I liked Maori culture values and if I had to do the haka on stage I would do it.
This term He Tangata has changed how we do Monday meet up by adding parts of a powhiri, no longer shouting welcome to Waimairi at new students, but singing a song that we made up- a Maori song. The song says welcome to Waimairi but in Maori. And we give a gift of a flax flower that He tangata made by hand. This term I came out of my shell and did my mihi on stage and felt proud of myself.
Here is an audio link to our performances and explanations about our learning.