Published by Rangitāne o Wairarapa 12 Kokiri Place, Po Box 354, Masterton, New Zealand.
01 Introduction pepeha and mihi
The descendants of Whatonga and his grandson Rangitāne have lived in the Wairarapa for centuries.
In order to maintain a constant tenure Rangitāne people had to listen to and observe the ways that nature communicated with them which we now recognise as the earliest form of education. In human terms older generations passed on all the useful things to know through te reo and more latterly educators have used several spoken languages, writing, other mediums and technology to educate.
03 How to find your way around Iti Kahurangi
Iti Kahurangi is set up very simply to aid navigation.
Iti Kahurangi can be found in Akona Rangitāne (The Rangitāne o Wairarapa education website) under the Education option on the homepage of the main Rangitāne o Wairarapa website See www.Rangitāne.iwi.nz
04 Who are Rangitane o Wairarapa
Rangitāne o Wairarapa are an iwi whose home is in the Wairarapa Region of the North Island of New Zealand.
05 What does Iti Kahurangi mean
Mike Kawana, Rangitāne o Wairarapa kaumātua provided the name Iti Kahurangi for this curriculum framework because a kahu or cloak provides warmth and support for the wearer.
06 The purpose of Iti Kahurangi
The main purpose of Iti Kahurangi is to provide learners with information and experiences drawn from the culture of Rangitāne o Wairarapa. The curriculum is intended to help add to everyone’s overall life experience as well as to educate and inform.
07 Tikanga sub-unit overviewView Listing
08 Atua = Environments (gods)
Atua are the beginning of everything
09 Karakia = Requestsandthanks (Prayers)
Karakia are usually described as Māori prayers and incantations.
10 Get to know the atua (activities)
Do as many of these activities as you can? Getting to know the atua requires experiencing each of them in their environments. Get out in the rain, jump in puddles, feel the power of the wind and so on… After activities discus, write or create a piece of art or poetry based on them.
11 Tikanga = Right ways
Tikanga Māori is a common sense guide on how a person should correctly act in any given situation. It is an all encompassing concept that governs one’s life.
Tikanga Māori places an emphasis on adult family members, maybe significant adults in today’s world such as teachers, being responsible for teaching children the right way to do things.
12 Kawa = Protocols Process
Kawa is a protocol or process and is usually associated with powhiri at marae.
Everything has a kawa from rivers to trees to the sun.
13 Te Reo = Language
A people’s language unperpins culture and identity. Language is unique to a people in that it tells who a people are,
where they come from and gives expression to their beliefs.
14 Pepeha = How to introduce you
Pepeha are sayings about a particular people, sometimes an iwi or hapū.
15 Waiata = Songs
To hear the following waiata and more go to Akona Rangitāne the Rangitāne o Wairarapa education website