Te Au O Tonga kids loving their cultural experience

Thursday 24 January 2019 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Education

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Te Au O Tonga kids loving their cultural experience
Teina Rongo (standing left) and wife Jackie, with The Te Au O Tonga branch of the Atui'anga Ki Te Tango, cultural programme at the Makea Nui grounds yesterday. 19012305

Fifty kids from the Te Au O Tonga branch of the Atui’anga Ki Te Tango based at the Makea Nui grounds in Avarua experienced traditional methods of catching chickens, then cleaning and cooking them on an open fire yesterday.

The cultural experience activities include Ei making lessons, restoration - planting seedlings, traditional games such as teka (sticks), rore (stilts), patutu poti (can line up), singing imene tuki (hymns) and story-telling.

Today the kids will head to Takuvaine valley to plant taro, pick rukau and plant utu seedlings, they will then make preparations for the umu, plait kikau bowls and prepare coconut cream.

At 6.30pm tonight talks are scheduled on the wind and tides, with a trip to reef and to collect ko’iti (crabs).

Tomorrow the last day of the cultural programme, the umu will be lit at 6.30am in the morning, ready to be opened at 1.30pm.