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Voices - 31 July 2015

Here are a collection of whakataukī, handpicked by our participants and staff.

Mitchell Denham, from our 2015 cohort, wanted to share a whakataukī from his iwi (Te Rarawa):
“Kia ū tō ū kāwai tūpuna, kia mātauria ai, i ahu mai ī hea, e anga ana koe kō hea”
“Trace your ancestral roots so that you may know where you come from, and in which direction you are going”
This whakataukī reminds me of how important it is to build relationships and know your learners. In order to best serve our communities we need to have an understanding of their stories, and histories so we can grow together.


The whakataukī that Nyra Marshall, from our 2015 cohort, has chosen comes from one of her tīpuna (ancestor) Tama te Rangi.
"He ao te rangi ka uhia, he huruhuru te manu ka rere"
"As clouds adorn the sky, a bird needs feathers to fly".
To me, our students are like the bird. Along with their whānau, we as teachers have the privilege and the responsibility to nurture and develop their feathers. The support, guidance and teaching we provide to our students, enables them to spread their wings and fly.


Our Recruitment Advisor, Liam Munday, has chosen this whakataukī as his favourite:
"Hurihia tō aroaro ki te rā tukuna tō ātārangi kia taka ki muri i a koe"
"Turn your face to the sun and the shadows will fall behind you"
I chose this whakataukī because it talks to the power of remaining positive in tough times and to always see the good in things!


Louisa King from our 2014 cohort has chosen to share a ‎whakatauākī‬ with us. (The difference between whakataukī and whakatauākī is that a whakatauākī is when you know the person who said it.)
'Ki te wātea te hinengaro me te kaha o te rere o te wairua ka taea ngā mea katoa.' - Nā Ngapo Wehi
'If the mind is open and the spirit is flowing, all things are possible.' By Ngapo Wehi
Ngapo Wehi is a well-known kapa haka exponent I had the privilege of learning under. He had many famous quotes and taught me many valuable lessons. This whakatauākī was particularly important to me as the message it gives you is to try your best no matter what. He always encouraged us to have a positive attitude and an open mind to be able to achieve our goals. This will always be a special whakatauākī to me.


Tracie Pile from our 2015 cohort shares one of her favourite whakatauki:
"Ko Hine Tītama koe, matawai ana ngā whatu i te tirohanga"
"You are like Hine Tītama, eyes glisten at the sight of you"
Meaning: You are so beautiful that eyes water at the sight of you.
I chose this whakatauki because it is the ultimate compliment to someone you see as beautiful, inside and out - like my mum, my best friends and other special people (female role models) in my life.


William Watling from our 2014 cohort has chosen the following whakataukī:
"Tangata ako ana i te whare, te turanga ki te marae, tau ana"
"A person who is taught at home, will stand collected on the Marae"
A child who is given proper values at home and cherished within his family, will not only behave well amongst the family but also within society and throughout his life.
I believe that if values are applied at home and at school the child will grow up to be a massive contributor to the community.