Day 4: Hitting a high note
Activity 1: The Waiata - A Song in Your Heart
In the past, Māori would often use song as a way of sharing information or communicating emotions. A waiata is the name given to a traditional Māori song. One of my all-time favourite waiata is Kia Paimarie. What about you?
Use Google to research traditional Māori Waiata. Listen to a number of Waiata and read the lyrics. On your blog tell us which one of the waiata you found you like the most. Why do you like it?
I like He Hōnore because it's a beautiful song and it has great lyrics
He hōnore, he korōria1 Maungārongo ki te whenua Whakaaro2 pai e Kingā tangata katoa Ake ake, ake ake Āmine Te Atua, te piringa, Toku oranga
Honour, glory and peace to the land May good thoughts come to all men for ever and ever, for ever and ever. Amen. The Lord is the refuge and my life.
Activity 2: Playing games
Hundreds of years ago, young Māori children were taught to play a number of games, including Poi Rakau, Ki O Rahi, Koruru Taonga and Poi Toa. Read about each of these four games on the Rangatahi tu Rangatira website. Have you played any of them before? Isn’t it cool how the games have been passed down for generations?
Choose one game, and on your blog, tell us the (i) name of the game, (ii) the goal or purpose of the game, and (iii) two rules.
You could try playing some of the games with a friend.
Game: Ki O Rahi
Goal: Throwing the ball and hitting the Tupu
2 Rules: Ten players per side, Time limits with ball possession
Bonus Activity: Musical festivals - Matatini
In New Zealand, a huge festival is held every two years, called Te Matatini. This performing arts festival celebrates the tikanga (culture or customs) of Māori. Kapa Haka groups from around New Zealand are invited to attend the festival and each group gives a 25-minute performance. The performances are judged and the best teams win prizes.
The gold medal winning team from this year (2017) was Te Kapa Haka o Whāngārā Mai Tawhiti.
Watch these three clips from previous Te Matatini festivals.
Te Iti Kahurangi
Te Puku o Te Ika
On your blog, rank the performances from your favourite (#1) to least favourite (#3) and tell us why you gave them the ranking that you did.
1st: Tamatea Arikinui
I enjoyed there dance with the Poi's and it was amazing singing
2nd: Te Iti Kahurangi
I enjoyed the performance, the singing, the dancing and also the costumes. It all was amazing
3rd: Te Puku o Te Ika
The performance was great and very sad but i didn't like it. But great singing