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No. 71 (1973)
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Te taenga mai o Te Minita Māori

I a au e kura māhita ana i Kaiwharawhara i ngā rā mai i te ono o Hepetema ki te 15 o Oketopa i te tau 1971, he maha ngā mea i taea e mātou. I mua atu i taku kōrerotanga mo tā mātou rā nui, he pitopito kōreronei mo te kura.

A Kaiwharawhara kei kō atu i Pōneke. nā e rima pea miniti kua tae atu. Ēngari na te

 

The Minister Came

When I was teaching at Kaiwharawhara (Student Teacher) during the period 6th of September to the 15th October 1971. we achieved many things. Before I go on to the climax of this time, a short word about this school.

Kaiwharawhara is just out of Wellington, about five minutes away. but because it is

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Two Kaiwharawhara mothers Mrs Charlotte Rountree and Mrs Freda Cassidy watch as the Hon. Duncan Maclntyre begins his lunch
pictures by
National Publicity Studios

 
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The Minister meets Mrs Mereana Katene and Mrs Witerina Harris

mea kei runga puke, e kore e kitea atu e te tangata te kura. tēnei takiwā o Pōneke, he tino rite rawa ki te kāinga. I tēnei nei rā, ē, he Māori te nuinga o ngā tamariki, ngā tamariki, ngā Māori o tēnei motu, o ērā hoki i Hāmoa rā, nā, he nohinohi te kura—e toru anō rūma, tokotoru ngā kura māhita.

I taku taenga atu ki reira, ka whakapā mai te māhita o ngā tamariki nei, a Fay Brewer, ē, e pēhea ana kia ākona te reo Māori ki a rātou. Ka whakaae atu au. Kā nui anō tēnā, me tana hiahia hoki kia tū he rā, ē, he rā nui mā mātou.

Ka tutuki tēnei. Te nui rā hoki ē, i roto i aku torotoro, ka waea atu au ki tō tātou

 
 

on a hillside many people do not know of its existence. This area of Wellington is very much like my own home, in this I mean that the vast majority of the children are Maori, New Zealand Maori and Samoan. The school is small with three classrooms and three teachers.

When I arrived there, my associate teacher. Fay Brewer, asked me to consider teaching the class the Maori language. Not only that, but whether we could somehow or other have a day where everyone could get together. I agreed to both suggestions.

We achieved this. In my consideration of whom to invite to our Kaiwharawhara Open Day, I decided to telephone our Maori Minister, Mr Maclntyre, and personally approach him before he received the letter of invitation from one of the pupils. He was away on one of his many trips and it wasn't until the 11th of October that I heard he would come. And so he came. Our very important visitors came. The minister queued up and waited for his food. He talked to parents and children alike. He spoke to the chiefs and to the indians, the rank and file. He ate and licked his fingers just like you and me.

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Mrs Ani Bosch, Miss Fay Brewer and Mrs Win Dawber lead the children in an action song

 
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Minita, ki a Maclntyre, kia tomo mai. I āna haere kē ia, ēngari i te 11 o Oketopa ka tae mai tana kōrero, āe, ka tae mai ia. Nā rā. Ka tae mai tā mātou wae tapu, ā mātou manuhiri tūārangi. Ka tū te Minita, nā, ka tatari i tāna nei kai, ka kōreroki ngā matua, ngā tamariki, ki te nui, ki te iti. Ka kai ia, ka miti i ana ringaringa, pēnei anō i a tātou nei, e hoa mā.

Kīhai ia i pōwhiritia atu. Riro kē tēnei mā ngā taitamariki o te kura nei, nō rātou hoki te rā, te marae, te mana motuhake. Nā agā tamariki nei, nā ō ratou mātua. Ka puta taku mihi ki ngā Cassidy, ngā Rountree, ngā Va'aulu, Laupama mā. Nā koutou katoa o Kaiwharawhara i tutuki ai tā tātou rā. Nā tō tātou Minita Māori i rangatira ai tātou.

Hei whakamutu ake i tēnei mihi āku, ko te waiata pōwhiri a ngā tamariki i taua rā rā. i te 12 o Oketopa 1971.

Tēna koutou, e hoa mā
Kua tae mai nei
I tenei rā.
Nō reira rā, e hoa mā,
Kia ora rā, koutou katoa.

Kua rongo ake ahau,
Kua rongo ake ahau,
Kua rongo ake ahau
E haere mai ana koutou.

Nō reira rā, e hoa mā,
Kia ora rā, koutou katoa.

 

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Kaiwharawhara children eat their unusual lunch

We didn't give him a ceremonial welcome when he approached the school. This was left for the children of the school, as it was their school, their marae and their Maoritanga that was on show-theirs and their parents'.

My congratulations to Mr and Mrs Cassidy. Mr and Mrs Rountree, Mr and Mrs Va'aulu, Mr Laupama and others for making the Kaiwharawhara School Open Day such a success. Also, it was the presence of the Minister of Maori and Island Affairs that added the final touch.

Ani H. N. Bosch

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