Celebrating Pasifika @ StoryPlace

Mālō e lelei! (Hello)

We are having a great time up in PlaNet Pasifika Discovery Centre with our current StoryPlace programme, Celebrating Pasifika. This programme has been specifically developed to align with Pacific Language Week activities, and we have been so fortunate to work with members of both our regional ECE and Pasifika communities to shape the content.

Celebrating Pasifika, Photograph: Michael Hall, © Te Papa

Celebrating Pasifika, Photograph: Michael Hall, © Te Papa

We have had a lot of fun celebrating our Cook Islands Māori and Tongan communities through play, dance, music, stories and songs so far. We are so looking forward to our upcoming Samoan, Tuvaluan, Fijian, Niuean and Tokelauan weeks too.

Here are some pictures showing some of the fun and learning that has been taking place for tamariki (children), kaiako (teachers) and kaitiaki (caregivers) with the facilitation of our wonderful StoryPlace hosts:

Singing a pure (blessing), Photographer: Michael Hall, © Te Papa

Singing a pure (blessing), Photographer: Michael Hall, © Te Papa

 

Taking out the vaka, Photographer: Michael Hall, Singing a pure (blessing), Photographer: Michael Hall, © Te Papa

Taking out the vaka, Photographer: Michael Hall, Singing a pure (blessing), Photographer: Michael Hall, © Te Papa

 

Cooking a meal in the umu (ground oven), Photographer: Michael Hall, © Te Papa

Cooking a meal in the umu (ground oven), Photographer: Michael Hall, © Te Papa

 

Spending time with the ocean, the sand and their inhabitants, Photographer: Michael Hall, © Te Papa

Spending time with the ocean, the sand and their inhabitants, Photographer: Michael Hall, © Te Papa

 

Playing Pasifika drums, Photographer: Michael Hall, © Te Papa

Playing Pasifika drums, Photographer: Michael Hall, © Te Papa

 

Making music with the ukelele, Photographer: Michael Hall, © Te Papa

Making music with the ukelele, Photographer: Michael Hall, © Te Papa

 

Singing songs in Cook Islands Māori, Photographer: Michael Hall, © Te Papa

Singing songs in Cook Islands Māori, Photographer: Michael Hall, © Te Papa

 

Helping to bury the head of the eel from the story Sina and Eel, Photographer: Michael Hall, © Te Papa

Helping to bury the head of the eel from the story Sina and Eel, Photographer: Michael Hall, © Te Papa

 

Finding the face of the eel in the coconut, Photographer: Michael Hall, © Te Papa

Finding the face of the eel in the coconut, Photographer: Michael Hall, © Te Papa

Malo ‘aupito (thank you) to Toru Fetū Kindergarten, Fanau Pasifika Kindergarten, Matiti Tokelau Akonga Kamata, Seini Vaka, Manuila Tausi, Joy Sipeli, Sai Lealea, Tai Tamariki Kindergarten, the Wellington City Council Pacific Advisory Group, and Caroline Mareko from Whanau Manaaki Kindergartens.

We look forward to seeing you at a session soon!

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Mou o aa! (Farewell)

2 Responses

  1. Audienne & Jim

    What a lovely group of children and what fantastic activities.
    Congratulations to all from Aussie grandparents.
    Very proud of our grandson.

    Reply
  2. sharon

    Thank you very much for keeping in touch good to hear
    from you have Awesome week and weekend

    Reply

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