Kaupapa Moana – Seaweek – Poi Princess Newsletter #3

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I would really love to thank all the people who have been supporting me and my business. I am really excited about this journey that I’m on and enjoy what I’m doing. Thank you to all the people who came down to the Kai festival to say Kia Ora. Nau mai haere mai, ngā mihi nui ki a koe! A big welcome to you.

Kaupapa o te marama: Kaupapa Moana
Seaweek is celebrated from 25 February to Sunday 5 March 2017.
The theme this year is “Toiora te Moana – Toiora te Tangata – Healthy Seas, Healthy People”

My whakaaro:
Tangaroa (God of the sea) holds a lot of significance to tāngata Māori and ngā tāngata o Aotearoa in general! Considering we are surrounded by the ocean, all waterways lead to just one sea, we use it for many recreational activities and it nourishes and sustains us.

Tangaroa has always played a very important part in my life. I love visiting the beach, sitting and listening to the waves brings me peace and clarity, walking and collecting shells (and rubbish) helps me to appreciate the present and keeps me in awe of the beauty of nature. I am a big believer that when possible we should always leave nature in a better place than when we came or if not at least leave as little a mark on it as possible. I believe we are all Kaitiaki (Guardians). Tangaroa me ngā tamariki o Tangaroa need protection and gratitude.

Yes! I am one of them bag ladies! 😛 My children are growing up bearing witness to me taking bags wherever we go and picking up rubbish. My partner used to raise an eyebrow but now embraces my need to kumanu. My 4 year old thinks it’s very normal and will pick up rubbish when we all go out. I have heard her make reference to the sadness Papatuanuku and the children of Tangaroa feel when rubbish is flying or lying around. When she says these things at spontaneous times I know my message is making an impact. I love her empathy for the earth.

Last Saturday, our whanau went for a hikoi around Monaco beach, just around from where we live. My older tamāhine loved running up and down the sand/mud, splashing in the water, making stepping stones, looking for taonga and as the day wore on watching pāpaka pop in and out of their holes in the sand. But on arrival, to my disappointment, the 30 metre stretch we occupied was littered with rubbish and shards of glass. Just from this tiny space I collected 4 plastic bags in the sand, two glass bottles, a can, a plastic bottle and a large handful of broken glass pieces in many different colours.
It’s heart breaking to think that my tamariki can’t run barefoot and carefree down the beach or anywhere out in public without the potential of hurting themselves on waste others have left behind. For me that’s how we connect with our environment. To be barefoot and to feel the whenua beneath our feet is what keeps us grounded and connected.

Useful kaupapa moana rauemi:
In preparation of writing this newsletter, I found a site you might benefit from if you feel similar to myself. This site ‘Love your coast’ is a place where you can look for a clean up roopu in your area or register a group of your own. I noticed that a few schools had jumped on board with this initiative. I love the fact that the next generation are so proactive in getting amongst their taiao and with the guidance from Kaiako, Kaitiakitanga is becoming a foundational value in mainstream society.

The Kiwi conservation club is another place information can be found by Kaiako and Matua. This particular page has a nice clear message to tamariki ma ‘Be fantastic – use less plastic’ with a colouring page featuring sea creatures and facts about plastic in our oceans.

More rauemi to help with akoranga and celebrating our oceans:

  • Ngā kararehe o te moana, you could print these out and practice the te reo names of the animals, maybe get the tamariki to colour them in, cut them out and glue them. Print off two sets for a game of snap, fish or memory. Or test the children’s current knowledge and use the cards for a game of charades. The tamariki could choose one from a hat and act like the animals they see on the card while the others have to guess the kararehe and remember the te reo Māori kupu.
  • Weaving ika from Harakeke. Here is a wonderful link I found from the Chch city library on the tikanga surrounding harakeke, why we do karakia before we cut harakeke, how to cut harakeke the right way and it includes a Karakia you can do yourself. Here is a visual tutorial you could print out on how to weave harakeke fish yourself. Older tamariki might like to try this.

Maisey Rika sings a beautiful waiata about Tangaroa. Her voice always manages to hit me somewhere deep in my wairua. If you love this as much as me you can buy the album from my website.
Other books that I stock which are relevant to the kaupapa Moana that are here just click on the pikitia to find out more details…


I do believe that we are as healthy as our environment, we are interconnected. We all have a role to play in our quest to having the healthy sea and healthy people focus in this years kaupapa moana. I think personally this kaupapa exists on a daily basis in regards to the value we put on it in our everyday lives. I am glad there is a week that is given to really emphasise it and remind us of its importance, giving us an opportunity to bring up the topic with others and take responsibility for the things we can all contribute to.

I hope these rauemi are helpful and valuable in the context to this kaupapa.

Please feel free to email me with your whakaaro. I always appreciate feedback. If you are focusing on other topics I love hearing about them, emergent curriculum that arises and rauemi you would like to see more of. Korero mai i ngā wa katoa. Email me anytime, I would like to know how I could support teachers and whanau on their bicultural journey.

Nga mihi nui ki a koutou mō tōu tautoko,
Mauri Ora,

4 Responses

  1. Any chance of a glossary at end of newsletter? Understood 80% of te reo but would love to learn some more. Great read x

    • Kia Ora Melanie,
      Thank you very much for the feedback about the Newsletter. I am also glad to hear you would like to learn more te reo. I am also learning myself. I hadn’t considered a glossary but its something to think about if a number of others are in the same waka as you. So thank you. In the meantime I wanted to share this link with you to an awesome online Māori Dictionary I use regularly to increase my vocabulary. A feature I especially love about it is, you type in a word, it gives you the meaning but ALSO next to the word it has a little speaker and if you click it, it also gives you the pronunciation of the word. A really cool wee tool if you wanting to learn new words and practice. Ngā mihi, Beth 🙂

  2. Catherine Stockton

    What a great idea to make Maori kaupapa and resources more accessible to everyone. Thank you!

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