Children embrace culture

Saturday July 25, 2020 Written by Story by Melina Etches, photos by Tokerau Jim. Published in Education
Parents and children in the Atui Anga Ki Te Tango, prepare a traditional umu and prepare au tree leaves. TOKERAU JIM 20072429 Parents and children in the Atui Anga Ki Te Tango, prepare a traditional umu and prepare au tree leaves. TOKERAU JIM 20072429

The popular Atui Anga ki ye Tango kids holiday programme drew 130 kids, keen to learn about their culture 

Early on Fridayan umu was lit at 6.30am at the Titikaveka Sunday School.

Children and parents prepared the food and natural covers – rangaranga raurau and tapakau for the umukai.

Everyone enjoyed the feast that was followed by a group pe’e and a performance by each team.

Jackie Tuara is one of the organisers who runs the Atui Anga ki ye Tango kids holiday programme twice a year.

“Our children grow up with our culture and they become passionate about where they come from, about protecting our environment and our way of life.”

Every day the kids sing the national anthem, join together in the Lord’s Prayer and grace in Maori, says Tuara.

Uta Araitia has taught the kids a pe’e and the different groups have created their own actions for the item.

The children have learned to cook fish, wrapped and steamed in banana leaves, uto pancakes, ika mata, pawpaw salad and rukau, uto faraipani, ika mata, rukau ta’akari, ika tunu and more.

Traditional games like rore, teka, rere raukau single, rere rakau double and ipanapana were also shown to the kids.

Primary school student Metua-Ani Araitia said: “I’ve had more experiences doing this, I’ve socialised with more kids and it’s exciting and I like the activities, it’s so much fun.”

The programme was hosted at Vaka Takitumu, based at Pa Ariki’s palace in Ngatangiia and the Titikaveka Cook Islands Christian Church Sunday school hall.

The participants will attend the Titikaveka Cook Islands Christian Church on Sunday and sing an imene tuki to wrap up the weeks project.

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