Teacher Tatari Mitchell said the presentations were based on two units that the school covers each term.
“This is Peu Maori, the Maori tradition and culture and what happens is that we mix what we have in the culture into the academic work that we do or teach.
“We have two units per term for these courses that happen twice a week. We have already presented the first unit in the middle of the term.
“We try to keep the string band presentations as interesting as possible for students to learn and present their talent in a fun cultural way, not just the same old technology demonstrations. I mean the culture is alive if we make it alive, whether it be in school or in our young people.”
Mitchell stressed the need to involve the younger generations in teaching cultural knowledge and skills.
“I am really happy to see lots of parents are here today to witness what their children are presenting as a result of the cultural education they have been learning through school.
“The secret is pulling in the parents. Many children may not know how to play the ukulele or the guitar but we are urging parents to come forward and to offer their talents to these wonderful students.
“I also urge parents to please encourage playing the guitar and the ukulele with your kids at home and sing as a family. Don’t let modern technologies take this gift away from us. This is us; it’s our identity and what that makes us different from other cultures or people.
“Spend moments teaching your children how interesting culture and tradition is, whether it is under the tree or at home as long as that talent from parents are passed down carefully to the younger generations of today.”