“He Hōnore”, “Ka Waiata”, “He Kākano Āhau”, were just some of the waiata (songs) that filled the walls of Papatoetoe Fire Station last Thursday by 30 of our people who make up Te Roopu.

Te Roopu meet up each month a different takiwā (district) in Te Hiku to kōrero and practice mihi, pepeha and waiata.

The monthly wananga helps enhance the cultural competency of the (rohe) region as Te Roopu can ensure that they are all united with what waiata can be sang and who can speak at important events.

“It’s also a time where we can all get together and enjoy each other’s company and the kaupapa (topics)” – Dee Manley, Executive Assistant to Ron Devlin.

Regional Manager Ron Devlin commented that members of Te Roopu are champions in promoting and encouraging our whānau to embrace Te Reo Māori and tikanga within the region.

Contact Dee Manley dee.manley@fireandemergency.nz if you’re interested in being part of this supportive whānau.

Check out some of the rawe (awesome) waiata they practice below;

He Hōnore(external link)

Ka Waiata(external link)

He Kākano Āhau(external link)

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