I tū te hui whakaharahara mō Te Kōhanga Reo o Kiwitoa ki te marae o Papakura. Ko te tokomaha tonu o te hapori o Papakura i tae atu ki te whakanui i tēnei hui whakahirahira i tīmatahia me ngā karakia i tākina i te whare Kōhanga Reo tonu.
Nā Nanny Nonie i takoha mai ēnei kupu pounamu hei whakahōnore, hei whakanui i ngā whānau me ngā mokopuna i uru mai ki tēnei o ō tātou Kōhanga Reo.
I tīmata i te tau 1985: Kura Walker te Kaiako matua o Te Kōhanga o Tūmatauenga, he kōhanga reo mō ngā tamariki a ngā hōia e noho ana i Papakura. Ko ngā kaiāwhina i a Kura Walker ko Kuia Grace Pani Flavell (i hinga i te tau 2013, 103 ōna tau) rāua ko Nonie Watarawi. E ono marama rāua e āwhina ana i a ia, mai i te marama o Pipiri ki Hakihea.
1986: I inoi atu ngā whāea o te tīma poitarawhiti o Kiwitoa ki a Kuia Pani rāua Nonie kia ākona ā rātou tamariki ki te reo me ngā tikanga. Ko te whare ngahau o te tīma poitarawhiti o Kiwitoa i whakaaetia kia whakamahia hei Kōhanga Reo. I muri tonu hoki tēnei whare i te kāinga noho o Noni. Otirā, ko tēnei anake Te Kōhanga Reo i Papakura i whakahaeretia ā- kāinga nei.
1996: I tono te Tumuaki o te Kura Tuatahi o Kelvin Road School kia tīmatatia he Kōhanga Reo ki te taha o te Kura. I whakawātea tētahi o ngā rūma mō te Rūmaki Reo mō ngā mokopuna kua rima tau e puta mai ana i ngā Kōhanga Reo o Papakura. Ko te ingoa i whakatauria ko “Whatitoka Rimu o te Whānau Kahurangi”. Ko tōna tikanga, kia hangaia he tatau motuhake e uru atu ai ngā mokopuna me ngā whānau ki te Kura Tuatahi o Kelvin, me te paihere anō i a rātou ki Te Kōhanga Reo o Kiwitoa – he muka here tāngata, here kaupapa.
Hari Huritau ki Te Kōhanga Reo o Kiwitoa.
The Kōhanga Reo of Kiwitoa celebrated their 30year anniversary at Papakura Marae, Auckland. A prayer at the Kōhanga Reo kick started the day, for the community of Papakura who gathered to celebrate this milestone.
Nanny Nonie kindly gifted these precious words of greenstone to recognise the efforts of the whānau and to acknowledge all of the mokopuna, who have walked through their doors.
It started in 1985: Kura Walker was the Kaiako of Tūmatauenga Kōhanga Reo along with Grace Pani Flavell and Nonie Watarawi to help teach te reo to the soldier’s children based in the Soldier’s camp at Papakura. They taught there for six months June to December.
In 1986 Players of Kiwitoa netball Team pleaded with Kuia Pani and Nonie to start a Kohanga Reo and to teach their children the Maori Language and culture.
They would allowed to use the Club Rooms which was situated at the back of Nonie’s house, and the name of the Kohanga Reo o Kiwitoa.
The Kōhanga Reo o Kiwitoa was opened in 1986 in Papakura, in the greater city of Auckland. It was the only home based Kōhanga Reo in Papakura.
1996: due to the increase of mokopuna the Whānau decided to move to Kelvin Road primary School, as the Principal at that time had asked to start a Kōhanga Reo at School. A Total Immersion Room was made available for the 5 year’s old coming from all Kōhanga Reo in Papakura.
A new bond was forged and they call themselves “Te Whatitoka Rimu o Te Whānau Kahurangi”. Its figurative meaning is “The doorway, through which the school and Kōhanga Reo Whānau can enter together as one,” which signifies the bond between the people and the two Kaupapa that binds them.
Happy Birthday Te Kōhanga Reo o Kiwitoa.