Ruma Whitu's Pepeha Art:
Over Term 1, Tamariki (children) in Ruma Whitu did lots of research with their whānau to explore the information that is of significance in their own pepeha. The students then created a striking piece of artwork to celebrate this information. The cloaks in the pepeha art are to imitate the traditional Maori Korowai and the drawings inside hold the Tamariki's special stories of their history, whānau (family) and whakapapa (genealogy).
For me, it was genuinely amazing to be a part of the journey as Tamariki began to understand the significance of the information in their own pepeha. A real highlight in this project was hearing the stories of how and some the reasons why each child's family migrated to New Zealand. The kids were also fascinated by the meanings behind each other's name.
The photos of the Pepeha art do not do it justice, so make sure to pop by Rūma Whitu to check them out!