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KIDS PAGE: ‘I can feel the strength and power of the vaka here today’

Saturday September 07, 2019 Written by Published in Education
Left: Eight-year-olds Antonia Wearing and Klaasje Nia proudly display their vaka projects. MELINA ETCHES 19090502 Left: Eight-year-olds Antonia Wearing and Klaasje Nia proudly display their vaka projects. MELINA ETCHES 19090502

Apii Takitumu students presented brilliant detailed handcrafted vaka models using natural and recycled material for their exhibition on Thursday morning.

 

This term the focus of the project ‘The canoe is the People – indigenous navigation in the Pacific’ is the sailing of the vaka.

Teacher Mariana Mataio said the students had several visits on board vaka Marumaru Atua.

They were then asked to select a drawing and use materials to make a model of the vaka. “The idea is to inspire the kids and boost their interest.”

Proud of the student’s achievements, Mataio said they had produced “wonderful creative pieces of the vaka, they have done extremely well”.

Members of Vaka Marumaru Atua were present to take on the difficult task of judging the creations.

Captain of the vaka Sam Timoko, was wowed by the exhibits.

As soon as he stepped into the room he was blown away and amazed with the vaka’s on display.

“The level of craftsmanship put into each vaka project is fantastic. It filled me with pride and love.

“Out on the ocean, our vaka is our marae. I can feel the strength and power of the vaka here today.”

Timoko acknowledged the teachers for putting in the effort and the kids for sharing what they have learnt.

LOOKING FOR LAND
Antonia Wearing, 8 years
The boat sailed to the beautiful island of on the water.
My vaka is colourful as the rainbow in the sparkling blue sky.
I see that the blue water sparkles in the day, on the boat.
In the day, the boat floats on the glorious lovely water.
The flag on the boat is wonderful as the colours.
I can see the big white birds across the huge wide world.
The strings on the vaka are tiny.
My vaka is wonderful and magnificient as the people on board, and is glamorous sailing on the beautiful water that is also splashing against it.

Te teretere anga o toku vaka, Ki Avaiki
Leandra Piniata, 10 years

Kua akaruke toku vaka i tona tere no te moana.
Te kimi enua ei nooanga na tona iti tangata.
Kua tae mai ki teia pa enua pasifika.
Kua noo ratou ki reira e tae ua mai te evangeria i teia nei tuatau. Kia Manuia.
Teia te pe’e no taku vaka:
E enua – kite iti tangata. Ki Tonga, Ki Tokerau.
Tei riro ei kainga no taku vaka. Manako-nako iaia. Tu manava no toku vaerua.
Marama io, ete marama ite po. Akamarama ia ete mamao ite ao.