Māori Performing Arts 2020 by PNBHS

Te wiki o te reo Māori (Māori Language Week)

Over the last two weeks we have celebrated te reo Māori - the Māori language.

The use of te reo Māori in our kura continues to grow.  In 2020 133 young men are studying te reo Māori as a subject and 22 are enrolled in the Māori Performing Arts class.  

Māori Performing Arts 2020 — Image by: PNBHS

Interested young men also have the opportunity to study Mau Rākau, kapa haka, mōteatea and whakaraka.

Mau Rākau

Ki-o-Rahi — Image by: PNBHS

All students learn the school haka and take part in the Year 9 Haka Challenge.  

PNBHS Year 9 Haka Challenge 2020 PNBHS

The Club Haka Challenge, which involves all young men in the school, began in 2019 and was immediately a very popular addition to our school events calendar.

PNBHS Club Haka Challenge 2020 PNBHS

In 2020 our staff have learned a karakia which they say together at the beginning of each week and also with the whole school at assembly on Monday mornings.

Karakia — Image by: PNBHS

In 2021 Te Ao Māori is being introduced as a core module for all young men in Year 9, providing them with an introduction to te reo Māori and Tikanga Māori.  Alongside these initiatives, our staff are working hard to provide a supportive learning environment for our young Māori men in all areas of school life.

Watch Year 9 student Caid Allen recite a karakia.

Caid Allen - Karakia PNBHS

This year in Te Reo Māori our Year 9 students have been focusing on the importance of learning about their identity and belonging. Watch Year 9 student Quentin Durston recite his pepeha.

Quentin Durston - Pepeha PNBHS

Each year our young Māori men have the opportunity to visit Te Marae-o-Hine, The Courtyard of the Daughter of Peace.  Below are some highlights from the visit in term one this year.

Te Hikoi ki Te Marae O Hine 2020 PNBHS