Thursday, March 24, 2011

Skywatch Friday: New Zealand


Today, a student from Tanzania shared with my class the Citizenship ceremony she went to make her a Kiwi or New Zealander. I too, more than 20 years ago underwent this ceremony and chose this country to be my home.

You may have read my previous posts that I not only became a New Zealander, I became a Maori as well. Through my association with the NGATI WHATUA O ORAKEI. on Waitangi Day, on the invitation of their Heritage & Resource Manager Ngarimu Blair, I sleep in their Marae, learn the culture , eat their food, and help in their Zero Waste program. Their chief told us that we were now Maoris.

Maoris were the first people to come to New Zealand. Maori is one of 3 official language. At Pt Chevalier School, we are very lucky to have Mr. Matua Emerson Nikora to impart his knowledge and skill of the Maori language and culture.

The video includes: Tutira mai action song, toia mai action song , haere mai action song and ka mate haka

In time, our students will be singing and dancing like the professional dancers. Thanks Matua Emerson. http://ann-mythoughtsandphotos.blogspot.com/2010/10/abc-wednesdaythursday-theme-song-new.html


rainfield61 said...


I did not have such a complication 20 years ago.

My Mind's Eye said...

Ann a very beautiful post....the citizenship process must have been very interesting to your students
Happy Friday,
Madi and Mom

Lois said...

I enjoyed the video, and especially hearing all the birds in the background!

George said...

Thanks for sharing this fascinating video with us. It's obvious you are proud to be a New Zealander (and Maori). I hope you have a great weekend.

Kim, USA said...

I love the video and yes if we find our home that would be our heart is.Happy weekend!

Sky Watch Friday

Ginny Hartzler said...

You should be very proud of all this!!! It is a great thing to teach students their country's roots and culture!!!

Jean said...

nz passport definitely looks tons better than msia's

have a nice day! =)

eileeninmd said...

What a nice post. I love the video. The song and dance moves remind me of the hula dances. Great photos. Happy skywatching, Ann!

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Very interesting, Ann... Loved the video --especially all of the birds in the background... NEAT!!!!

Your students are getting a great education in citizenship--both New Zealand and Maori. It is so important for kids to learn about their past history and culture.

Míriam Luiza said...

Linda imagem de céu!

Beverley Baird said...

Citizenship is one thing many people take for granted. How inspiring that you could choose your country and then as well become Maori!

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

Hello Ann,

No, the birds were just in the background as it was a lovely day. I am glad your readers enjoyed it.

Kind regards

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

I asked Emerson if the birds were sound effects, and he said no,

Another reason to come to New Zealand.