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NZ Maori pupils discover CI Maori

Friday June 14, 2019 Written by Published in Education
From left, teachers Cheryl Pakuru, Lavinia Shepherd, Olivia Geange, Yanna Carroll, Cleo Woodall, Robyn Hamilton and Chris Hamilton in Rarotonga. 19061306 From left, teachers Cheryl Pakuru, Lavinia Shepherd, Olivia Geange, Yanna Carroll, Cleo Woodall, Robyn Hamilton and Chris Hamilton in Rarotonga. 19061306

Groups of New Zealand school students will be visiting the Cook Islands in a bid to learn more about their own Maori heritage.

 

The trips to Rarotonga will be part of their cultural exchange programme through which they hope to learn more about the Cook Islands culture and tradition, while promoting their own.

A team of teachers were on the island last week to make contacts with the local schools and members from the tourism industry on activities they could take part in during their visit here. Their trip to Rarotonga was supported by travel group Edventuretours and the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation.

Rotorua-based Rotokawa School teacher Lavinia Shepherd said they had enjoyed their tourism activities. “We are really looking forward to bringing our kids over and letting them experience the connection they have with Rarotonga.”

“It’s important for our kids to know who they are and where they come from. Already it’s quite amazing the connections our students will be able to make with the language and other similarities. It will just blow them away.”

Wellington’s Masterton Intermediate deputy principal Olivia Geange said they would bring their students over to perform New Zealand Maori items, and allow them to make connections with Cook Islands students.

“We don’t want it to be a one-off and we want to keep coming back.”

The students earmarked

for this trip will be from Years 5 to 13.