Showing Manaakitanga to Papatuanuku

29 Jul 2022

Showing Manaakitanga to Papatuanuku

Kia Ora, Kindy Whānau 

Our Project has been about Manaakitanga. What is Manaakitanga you ask? It is about hospitality, kindness, generosity, support - the process of showing respect, generosity and care for others.

In Māori culture, there are many Guardians, such as Haumiatiketike, the guardian of uncultivated food, particularly bracken fern. Papatūānuku, the primordial earth mother. Ranginui, the primordial sky father. Rongomātāne, the guardian of cultivated foods, particularly sweet potato. Tānemahuta, the guardian of forests and birds. Tangaroa, the guardian of the Ocean and the creatures within.
Tāwhirimātea, the guardian of storms, wind and violent weather. Tūmatauenga, the guardian of war, hunting, cooking, fishing, and food cultivation.... Just to name a few.

So to show respect and care to Papatuanuku (The Earth) and our community, we went on a walk to pick up rubbish. We used tongs for hygiene reasons to pick up the rubbish, and we had a compostable bag to put the rubbish in.

In this process, the children learn to care for the environment, develop fine motor skills, develop listening skills to keep them safe, and they are developing links with the wider community. 

I am just so proud of our children for caring for our Earth, one piece of rubbish at a time. Tino Pai to Mahi Tamariki (Great work children!).

Te Whāriki: Belonging Goal 1: Children experience an environment where connecting links with the family and the wider world are affirmed and extended