Ko te Ao Māori he āhuatanga whakahirahira ki tō mātou kura me ngā whakaritenga o ia rā. Kei runga i tēnei whārangi ipurangi he rauemi tautoko mā ngā whānau hei āwhina i ngā tamariki ki te whakawhanake i ō rātou pūkenga, mōhiotanga, māramatanga, aroha hoki ki tō tātou nei Ao Māori.
Te Ao Māori (all aspects relating to the Māori world) is an important part of daily school life at Ruakākā School. On this page you will find various resources that will support your tamariki in developing their skills, knowledge, understanding and love of all things Māori!
The waiata below were recorded by tamariki in Te Whānau Harakeke in 2022. Tēnei te mihi nui ki te Kura Tuarua o Te Whanga a Tāmure, nā rātou i awhi mai i a mātou me tēnei kaupapa. A special thanks to Bream Bay College who invited us to use their recording studio to help us with this project. These waiata were recorded with the intention of helping all tamariki at Ruakākā School to learn and practise the songs that they hear and sing at kura. Waiata mai e te whānau!
The waiata below are waiata-ā-ringa (action songs) that we often sing at kura. We have included them here so that tamariki can sing along and practise the actions. Kia kaha e hoa mā!
Whakaata Māori (Māori Television) have many wonderful resources for tamariki learning Te Reo and waiata Māori. You can also find some videos of waiata-ā-ringa (action songs) here.
At Ruakākā School we start and finish our day with karakia. We believe that practising karakia contributes to a healthy sense of wellbeing, particularly for our Taha Wairua (Spiritual Side), as it provides an opportunity to take a moment to center ourselves, to think about the day ahead (or the day that’s been), and to feel grateful for the many positive things in our lives. We choose to use secular karakia.
The karakia below are our current school karakia that most classes use at the start and end of the day, and before eating.
The karakia below are additional karakia that you could use at home or anywhere else you choose.