On Friday, 8 May the Kapahaka group experienced their first noho marae to further build relationships within the group, who range in age from 12-17, and to set further goals around who they are and what they want to do.
We began with a visit to our Goddess Pania in Napier and continued with an adventure race in Napier which involved challenges ranging from creating a designer art piece on a rock to finding Maori books in the library.
We then went to support Kaea, Tui and Tia playing basketball where they defeated St. Joseph’s Maori Girls’ College – winning their first game ever – the power of tautoko. After getting a very good deal at Domino’s pizzas we ate them at Ocean Spa before heading to play some team games at Laser Force. Tired but happy we headed back to school to sleep over in the Gallery, marae style, complete with large screen movies.
Learning to make responsible decisions
On Sunday morning we again assembled at Pania and met with Jenny Winipere Mauger (Te Kaiao Resource management systems) to talk about global warming and looking after our environment. The focus being to refuse, recycle, reuse, reduce, repair and repurpose. As it was a crisp morning the girls thought starting our talk with a hot chocolate would be a good idea. We descended upon Starbucks, placing our order, which we then cancelled and met outside again, with the girls wondering why? This was because they were only going to serve us in plastic cups. Jenny explained our first option should be reusable cups and then paper without the plastic lids and the reasons why. The girls then went back in to order and I am pleased to say they went from 20% to 70% with their healthy cup choice. We then talked about second-hand shops, the value of them, where the money goes and how one person’s trash is another’s treasure. We also visited the Hospice shop in Napier and had fun trying on some interesting items before heading back to school, dropping girls at various venues for sporting commitments.
The kapahaka group packed plenty into 24 hours, enhancing the strength of the group further and it was special to see the older students ensuring the younger ones were respectful, safe and having a good time.
In the girls own words:
“It was fun how we came together.” Tui
“We did a lot of activities and I got to spend more time with the girls and know them better. It was very cool bonding.” Mane
“I really enjoyed getting to know the new girls that have joined the group a lot better, in a more comfortable environment for them. As a group we were able to solve problems and understand each other’s perspectives on different aspects of life, eg recycling and being more environmentally friendly. It was awesome when we were all able to have fun together going to Laser tag which some of the girls had never done before. I learnt how to be a better leader in my group and how to lead by example, but it was also a challenge for me as I was surrounded by my peers and my friends.” Kaea
“It was great to bond with everyone.” Esther
“It felt like everyone got a lot closer after the noho.” Dior
Mrs Belinda Averill, TIC Kapahaka