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Monday, 11 August 2014

The Glenbrae powhiri


Today we had the privilege to meet Len Brown, Dr Nick Smith, Housing NZ Team, Board of trusties, Glen brae school students, Teachers, parents, people from the community Matua Jim, Maori T.V, the Tamaki redevelopment team and alot of other important people. They visited our school to bless the Early Childhood Education centre. There were so many performances like the Taufakanua, Haka, Hannah’s Samoan dance, Welcoming, Karakia, Singing and Sod Turning.

Alot of people volunteered to set up the hall and everything else before our guests came. Everyone enjoyed it because there was a sausage sizzle, breakfast, juice and putting our finger prints on the tree of learning. When most of the guests arrived the first performance was the Samoan Dance by Hannah. Everyone was so excited and cheerful. Mr Nath handed Hannah $10 or $20. The next performance was the Taufakanua by the room 10 and 9 boys. Followed by the Haka which was also by the room 10 and 9 boys.

After all those entertaining performances we all went to class after cleaning up the breakfast. All the classes walked down to the hall and started the karanga. We were all on the edge of our seats (even though the students sat on the floor). Once they sat down we sang E Tasi ae Lasi, then Matua Jim spoke. Followed by Mayor Len Brown and his wonderful song called Te Aroha.

After a all that singing and talking everyone went to the big tree across from the pool to do the sod turning. During the karakia there were loud protesters. I understood what they where going through because I went through it myself. Losing my house and having to move has made a big affect on my life and now I can say I know what you’r going through. Later on the house leaders had the privilege to take a photo with the mayor and walk him and the rest of the guests to the scout hall and the empty piece of land across from the shops.

When we got back we had coffee ( even though we aren’t old enough), cookies, fruit and sausage sizzle. Then we had the honour of witnessing the blessing of the sculpture and taking a photo with Matua Jim. Overall it was a exciting day meeting all those important people and being able to take a photo with them as well.

2 comments:

Stephanie Parker said...
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Stephanie Parker said...

Hi Eseki,
This is a lovely recount. It's nice that you can relate to the protesters, that shows real empathy, to be able to understand someone else's point of view. Just a reminder to thoroughly proofread before submitting there are a couple of small typo's in here, see if you can spot them.
Did you really have coffee!? I would never have had coffee at your age, I thought it was so yuck! I'm glad that you had a great day!
Mrs Parker

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