Kura & Kohanga Reo Education
We are very fortunate to have our very own Matakana Island Environmental Education Curriculum. This would not have been possible without the help of Nga Whenua Rahui's Nga Whenua Rahui is a Maori organisation whose role is to offer Maori landowners a way of conserving their lands while still retaining ownership and control of their whenua. They give advice and offer funding options for the conservation and restoration of privately owned Maori land. Matauranga Kura Taiao Fund. The curriculum focuses on using the environment surrounding the island to teach the children about sustainability of nga taonga tuku iho using kawa and tikanga methods and practices. Acknowledging nga atua o te ao maori throughout the four seasons- Tane, Tangaroa, Rongomatane, Haumietiketike and Tawhirimatea.
The teaching of this kind of environmental learning helps to preserve and enhance the knowledge that has been passed down through the generations so that we are better able to make more informative decisions pertaining to our environment. It is pointless to do all this work (kura, restoration, maara) if the children don’t have the full understanding of the environment that looks after the people. The generations to come must have the knowledge and skills to look after our resources and taonga.
Tamariki planting their watermelon in the Maara
Tamariki digging up their kumara
Some of the kumara harvest
What a mean harvest of kumara!!!