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Room 20’s Pepeha’s

Grace Campbell —

In Room 20 we have been learning to say our Pepeha. A Pepeha is a way of introducing yourself in Te Reo Māori. It tells a story of the places that are special to you and your whanau.

To help us remember the different components of our Pepeha, we created Pepeha artwork.

We looked at different Kowhaiwhai patterns to inspire our pictures borders. Kowhaiwhai patterns are traditional Māori art, found on a marae (Māori meeting house). The Kowhaiwhai patterns tell a story about the culture and history of Māori. We used traditional Māori colours of red, white and black to create our border.

Our mātua and tīpuna (parents and grandparents) helped us find out where our ancestors came from and the names of significant places from different areas in the world. This helped us to record our maunga (mountain), awa (river), roto (lake), moana (ocean), tīpuna (grandparents/ancestors) on our artwork.

We sketched our designs and used coloured pencils and pastels to make our designs stand out.

We are very proud of our Pepeha artwork and cannot wait to share our pictures with our whanau.