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Region: Hawke's Bay/Tairāwhiti

Art form: Ngā Toi Māori

Project name: Hatea-a-Rangi School

Creative name: Ayson Lewis

Project information: The project is to rebuild our current school waharoa (entrance) and to restore a tekoteko from our original school building to be incorporated into the design of the new waharoa. The waharoa would also be connected to a star compass (kāpeha whetū) on our school grounds and create a platform for sharing stories about our ancestors. 

In Term 2, we experienced significant flooding in our town which has left us unable to be at our school, and we are now based at Tuatini Marae. Despite the challenges that this has presented our kura and community with, we are focused on providing our students with the best possible learning experiences that allow them to feel positive and hopeful about their schooling for the remainder of the year. As we begin the journey of rebuilding our school and embracing our current environment, we are looking towards our return to our school site and how we can take this opportunity to rebuild our current waharoa and coincide the blessing and opening of the waharoa in conjunction with our return to school. 

Hatea-a-Rangi has a rich history and will celebrate 150 years in 2022. When one of the original buildings was demolished, a carving from the building of our tīpuna was saved and has been looked after at a local marae over recent years. The creative we will work with is a specialist in whakairo and is currently involved in the restoration of Pakirikiri, a local marae. Our ākonga have been supporting this project and their interests in the artform of whakairo have been sparked through the experience. Having someone who is local, with an understanding of our history and the ability to teach our ākonga about the stories of our community alongside the art of whakairo will also deepen and enrich the authenticity of their learning. The Hatea-a-Rangi school vision is “Kia Marotiri ai te wawata”—Aspire to the great heights of Marotiri. Marotiri is our maunga and can be seen from our kura. Having local heroes coming into our school also supports our students to see themselves in the people who they are working with and is a motivating factor for us to have local expertise to work with on this project. Mo tātou. Ma tātou. Our local curriculum, Mana Motuhake is underpinned by the concepts of Mana Whenua, Mana Moana, Mana Tangata, and Mana Atua and links clearly to the traditions and values of Tokomaru Bay. Although the project will be grounded in students learning the traditional artform of whakairo the learning and experiences will be cross-curricular, allowing the students to strengthen their understanding of these concepts.

Project starting: May 2022

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