We were welcomed into the Whaiora Marae with what is known as a powhiri. After the Tangata Whenua welcomed us on, we sung waiata to them.
The Tangata Whenua talked in Maori and English about the Maori Ancestors and he was funny. He talked about the amazing Pou and carvings in the Marae.
After the Powhiri, we assembled together and got into our groups ready for our activities. My group was He Taonga Aroha.
Some of the activities we did was clay modelling where we used clay to make structures of Maori shapes. I did a whales tail. Next was art with Miss Kelly. We used putiputi (flowers)Huruhuru (feathers) and uga uga (rocks) to make Maori art.
Another awesome activity was Ki O Rahi which was a fun game based all about Maori legends. It was great to sit down and learn some waitata as well as Rakau.
The next day we were a little bit tired, but we still had amazing activities like poi to complete before our poroporoaki. What a great trip.