Saturday, 12 April 2014

Casual Day

- I just finished my first wave of assignments for the semester. It is week seven. New Zealand school is silly sometimes.

- The word for day in Māori is rā, which is the same word for sun. The word for month is marama, which is the same word for moon.

- Every Wednesday I go to The Centre and get free pancakes and play ukulele with my friends

- Lisa's Hummus. (Kumara is a sweet potato) Also, I have been introduced to the hummus + avocado sandwich. My mouth is watering.

- The smallest coin is the 10 cent piece. However, something can still cost $3.97, but you would just pay $4 even. I'm still a little confused. The different coins are 10c, 20c, 50c, $1, and $2.


- New Zealanders are confused by how Americans eat their eggs. We have too many options: Over easy, under easy, sunny side up, cloudy side over, rightside sideways......

- I tried a new fruit called a Feijoa. It was quite good and sweet.

- I also tried Hangi, which is a traditional Māori food that is cooked in the ground! We just got it as a fund raiser from Rawiri's school, but it was still authentically cooked and you could really taste the 'earthiness' of it. I thought it was delicious!

- For the next two weeks I will be traveling the South Island with my three great friends, Maria, Bridget, and Lisa starting on Sunday!!! I am thrilled beyond words.

Goodbye for now! Seeya in 2 weeks :)

Sunday, 6 April 2014

The Marae

Kia Ora!

I've posted pictures of Maraes before, but we were learning about the parts of the Marae in my Māori language class and I found it super interesting!

The Marae is a sacred meeting house and is the basis of traditional Māori community life. Types of events that occur in a Marae are celebrations, weddings, funerals, and tribal reunions. Every iwi (tribe) has their own Marae in the area where the tribe originates. Even today, if someone from the iwi dies, they will be sent to their Marae to be buried and the family will travel there for the funeral. Pakehas (Europeans) may not enter the Marae unless they have been invited by a Māori Elder.

Every Marae represents an ancestor of the iwi that it belongs to. In the above picture, every number corresponds to an important part of the Marae.

1) Tekoteko - The head of the ancestor
2) Poumua - front post
3) Maihi - arms
4) Raparapa - fingers
5) Amo - legs
6) Paepae - threshold
7) Tatau - door (for the living to use)
8) Mahau - porch
9) Matapihi - door (for the deceased) 


During a meeting, the speaker will usually open with a Karakia (prayer). For example:

Kia uruuru mai                                   Fill me with
A Hau ora,                                         Vitality
A Hau kaha,                                       Strength
A Hau māia,                                       Bravery
ki runga,                                            Above    
ki raro,                                              Below
ki waho,                                            Outwards   
ki roto,                                             And Inwards
Rirerire hau                                      Let the wind blow and bind 
Paimārire                                         Peace upon you

Then they would say their Mihimihi (an introduction about themselves). This is so that everyone listening can gain an understanding of the speaker before they take in what they are about to say. Here's mine from my assignment:

Tēnā Koutou.
Ko Katie taku ingoa.
Nō Amerika ahau. I tupu ake ahau i Calumet, Michigan.
Nō Michigan ōku matua.
Nō Finland ōku tūpuna.
E noho ana au kei Highbury ki waenganui tetahi whanau Māori.
No reira. Ngā mihi nui tēnā tātou.

Hello everyone.
My name is Katie.
I am from America. I grew up in Calumet, Michigan.
My parents are from Michigan.
My ancestors are from Finland.
I am currently living in Highbury with a Māori family.
Conclusion. Many salutations to us all.

When the speaker is all finished, they can conclude with a waiata (song) such as this one:

Māku rā pea                                             Let it be me
Māku rā pea                                             Let it be me
Māku koe e awhi ē                                   Who assists you,
Ki te ara, ara tupu                                    Along the path, the path of growth 
Māku koe e awhi ē                                   I will assist you

Ka kite rā.