Waitangi Trip 2023

On the last week of Term Two, Mrs Fletcher, Whaea Rawinia and Mr Major took 30 History, Geography and Te Reo Māori and Haka taiohi up to the Bay of Islands.
On the way up they were privileged enough to join Mahuta Ned and Henderson High School at Ruapekapeka Pā.  Mahuta Ned shared the story of Kawiti and the Battle of Ruapekapeka which was part of the Northern Wars.
Upon arrival to Moerewa, the group was welcomed onto Otiria Marae, Tumatauenga and Te Kete i riki by Marlena Baker (Dolly) and June Wiki, members of Ngāti Hine Amaru.  This was extra special because Whaea June is one of our taiohi’s (Ora Wiki’s) grandmothers.  The taiohi were able to experience first-hand the tikanga of being on a marae – this was a vibrant experience for the taiohi.
The following two days were spent exploring the rich historical and tourist sights of the Bay of Islands.  These include the areas of Kororāreka, Paihia, Kerikeri and Waitangi.
“The time that we spent with the educators at the Waitangi Treaty grounds was enlightening as they were able to share their knowledge and stories of this extremely significant place in New Zealand’s history. “
The final highlight for our taiohi was seeing orcas playing in the harbour as we crossed on the ferry from Kororāreka to Paihia.
It was a very successful trip and the school recommends it to any taiohi who have the opportunity in 2024.
-Mrs Fletcher
Kaiawhina / Dean Yr 12 & 13
HoD Social Sciencesng two days were spent explo