Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Powhiri at Wiri Central School

As we walked around the corner into Wiri Central School we were called in by a young student's karanga (call). Speeches and waiata (songs) followed. Then all the Ahuroa children came up to shake hands (hariru) and hongi.

Later we were given performances from a range of cultural groups with beautiful and inspiring singing and dancing.

Ahuroa students and teachers are taken up on stage to dance. 

Eloise Mart thanked the school and Helena Lunt gave some flax flowers she made.

Wiri Central School

We were so warmly welcomed to Wiri Central School today that the Ahuroa School children were soon playing alongside the 400+ children in the playground.   

Wiri School has a huge range of cultural groups. Sanderson and Berger Whanau joined the Bollywood group as they danced an Indian song and recited a poem in Hindi.

Monday, September 5, 2011


Mehndi is a ceremonial art form which originated in ancient India. Intricate patterns of mehndi are typically applied to brides beforewedding ceremonies. The bridegroom is also painted in some parts of India. In Rajasthan, the grooms are given designs that are often as elaborate as those for brides. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mehndi)