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  • 1. Woodlands School Visit Te Rau Aroha Marae
  • 2. On August 29th Woodlands School headed to Bluff to visit Te Rau Aroha Marae, the world's southernmost marae. When we arrived we had to line up at the amazing gates and wait to be called in.
  • 3. Outside the entrance were many beautiful carvings that towered above us.
  • 4. As we walked up the path, we saw many more carvings on the Marae. There were 3 heads from the different tribes that represent Bluff and Southland.
  • 5. When we arrived at the entrance to the Marae we had to take off our shoes because it is polite and respectful to do so. Then we entered the Marae and the best man gave a speech. Mr Fleming gave the speech for Woodlands school. We also offered a kōha which is a gift.
  • 6. Inside the dining hall were huge, colourful artworks hanging everywhere After morning tea we learnt about all the carvings and weavings and what they meant.
  • 7. Sunrise Sunset e. In Māori the sun is called Ra. These two magnificent carvings represent sunrise and sunset.
  • 8. This bright trail is of the sun (Ra) moving across the sky from morning to night.
  • 9. Marama is the moon and Māori use the moon as a guide for planting crops and fishing.
  • 10. This beautiful design represents the cold Antarctic winds.
  • 11. Above the kitchen were more beautiful artworks. The bags on the wall were called kiti and they were used by the Māori to carry muttonbirds in. They are made out of bull kelp wrapped in tōtara bark inside a flax basket. Five muttonbird chicks were tied up at the same time and put into the kiti together.
  • 12. Here is Rongo the God of Cultivation. In Māori mythology, Rongo cultivated vital food crops, especially the kūmera or sweet potato.
  • 13. This weaving represents different ika (fish), blue cod and trout Trout Blue cod
  • 14. Here is a diamond shaped design and it is called pātiki or flounder because of its shape.
  • 15. This piece of art represents the oyster shell and we all know that our famous Bluff oysters are a Kiwi icon! Te Rau Aroha Marae dining hall also had shiny, polished pāuā shells that were positioned along the rafters.
  • 16. The Kōrua (crayfish) was a traditional food for the Māori and was caught using a bundle of ferns.
  • 17. At Te Rau Aroha Marae we also learnt the Māori names for different landmarks. Did you know that Bluff Hill is called Motu Pōhua?
  • 18. We had a marvellous time at Te Rau Aroha Marae!