I te orokohanga mai o te Kōhanga Reo, i puta mai te kōrero i te hui Kaumātua ki Waiwhetū Marae kei Pōneke e mea ana, ā kāti ake mā te Kōhanga Reo e whāngai i te reo ki ngā mokopuna, mā te Ataarangi ngā mātua. Kua aua atu i te 30 tau inaianei, katahi anō ka hono motuhake ēnei kaupapa whakarauora reo e rua, ā, kua tutuki te moemoea i wawatia.
During the genesis of Kōhanga Reo at the hui Kaumātua at Waiwhetū Wellington, it was decided that Kōhanga reo would nourish the language of the mokopuna and Ataarangi would take care of the parents. It has been over 30 years now, and only recently these two reo initiatives have combined officially, a dream that has been realized. Te Ata Raukura is a new test pilot program designed to combine Te Ara Tuatahi, (Kōhanga Reo), and beginner level Ataarangi using the rākau method or cusine rods.
One participant loved the idea… ” As a kaiwhakahaere and Kaiako in Kōhanga Reo it’s ideal because parents can learn about the kaupapa of Kōhanga Reo while learning te reo Māori. But even better it’s all in the one Wānanga, parents don’t have to go somewhere else, it’s all inclusive.”
Recently a 3 day Wānanga was held in Tauwhare. ki te Iti o Hauā Marae, it was well attended by 40 of the ākonga of Te Ata Raukura from the 3 rohe. The Wānanga was not only about learning Te Reo, but gave ākonga the opportunity to whakawhanaunga with others and share their experiences of the Kōhanga Reo journey.
We were also fortunate to have Nanny Liz who came from Nukuhou, Te Tairawhiti, to share her experiences. She reminisced about the time she was at Tokomaru Bay in 1984 where a song was written about the joining of Kōhanga Reo, and Te Ataarangi. The song was called ‘Tēnā’, and, the Te Kōhanga Reo 1985 Resource Book attributes the composition of this waiata to Henrietta Maxwell, Tamati Cairns and Kuini Moehau Reedy. This song is now the name of the program Te Ata Raukura, simple in its words, but its meaning leaves many teachings for us to follow.
Nanny Liz explained that ‘Te Ata Raukura’ is likened to ‘ngā taonga tuku iho ā ngā mātua tūpuna’.
She went into further detail about the waiata, and with the recent passing of Nanny Henrietta, we knew that the ‘wā’ and wairua had gifted this special opportunity for us all to be together and continue to follow the legacy that was left to us.