MITAI EDUCATION PACKAGE – Te Rā Ki Tua
Be inspired and enhance the knowledge of tamariki (children), rangatahi (youth) and whānau (families) by discovering the rich history of our indigenous people of Te Arawa.
Nau mai, haere mai – we welcome you to Mitai Maori Village…
Be inspired and enhance the knowledge of tamariki (children), rangatahi (youth) and whānau (families) by discovering the rich history of our indigenous people of Te Arawa. By entering the world of Mitai Māori Village you will embrace the history and culture of our people through the migration stories of our ancestors, the Ngāti Ohomairangi people who voyaged across the Pacific Ocean over two thousand years ago on the Te Arawa double hull canoe arriving at Maketu.
Get revived and refreshed as we walk through nature and visit the ancient, fortified village learning about the old ways of living and survival of our people. As we explore further you will discover the beauty of our puna (spring) Te Puna Tapu o Tuhoe. The journey and story ends when we stand beside the waka (canoe) a reminder of where the migration began when our people stepped out in faith and climbed within the waka and made the journey to Aotearoa.
Watch the migration journey unfold through the performing arts of the Pacific and Te Ao Māori. You will be captivated by the sound and drums of the islands, enchanted by the graceful movements of our performers and charmed by the melodious voices of the Ngati Ohomairangi descendants.
Our people of old never had a written language therefore all knowledge was preserved and passed down through word of mouth, ngā purakau (stories), whakairo (carvings), raranga (weaving), waiata (song) and kanikani (dance). Today we follow the same methodology of our ancestor and deliver our our package in like manner.
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