Whakaoho tangata, whakahauora ngākau. To awaken the people, to reinvigorate wellbeing.

Recently, Rangitoto College, in conjunction with the Mid-Bays Kāhui Ako, celebrated Mātauranga Māori and Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori with the inaugural Pīpīwharauroa Festival of Mātauranga Māori. The pīpīwharauroa, also known as the shining cuckoo, is a migrating bird that travels through the Pacific to New Zealand and was a sign of when to plant the kūmara in Aotearoa.

This amazing event was held on the top field at Rangitoto College with our magnificent maunga creating an impressive backdrop to the performance stage. The festival was the culmination of curriculum work throughout all of the Mid-Bays Kāhui Ako schools, across a myriad of subject areas: Art, Science, Commerce, Social Science, Food Technology, Languages, and Te Manu Taki. Through Mātauranga Māori, students were able to participate in kapa haka, a pīpīwharauroa inspired art exhibition, a science interface with the Natural Sciences Department from the Auckland Museum, an activation station from the Auckland Council, and a student-led commercial food stall experience.

Schools from across the local region joined us to celebrate the Pīpīwharauroa Festival, and it was heart-warming to see students of all ages performing on the Maunganui Stage. This occasion also allowed whānau to connect and celebrate Mātauranga Māori; with students from the kohanga, ECE’s, primary schools, intermediate school, and the college enjoying the community that we all belong to.

Rangitoto College is excited about making the Pīpīwharauroa Festival an annual event, growing whanaungatanga through connection, curriculum, and discovery.

Thanks to our generous gold sponsor, Paramount Services Ltd, and to our other sponsors Anise Catering, Ray White Mairangi Bay, Canon, ASB, and Falloon Stock Foods.

Image credits: Richard Ng, Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira