The recent Te Ara Rauora kii Tai Nanni Camp was once again a hit amongst Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi whaanau and tamariki as the campers came together during the second week of the school holidays. Camp Nanni’s Nan & Lady continued to focus the camp on tamariki identity to Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi, learning karakia & waiata and understanding the significance of ANZAC.
Camp was set up at Te Wairoa Iti Marae in Waverley and was well supported by rangatahi who were given leadership roles amongst tamariki where they taught waiata and assist each tamaiti to learn their pepeha. Ngaa momo mahi kei te marae was pivotal for all tamariki who ran the marae and prepared kai with the guidance of the camp nannies. A task that will prove helpful to whaanau when tamariki visit their own marae.
The ANZAC focus took the tamariki around Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi where they visited the monuments at Te Ihupuku Marae, Waverley Primary School, the Waverley Clock Tower and the old Waipapa Marae site. This hiikoi and koorero prepared the tamariki for their hiikoi to Waiouru the following day where they met with Erana Rukupo who spoke to the tamariki about the significance of the poppy, and ANZAC in general. She showed the tamariki a catalogue of soldiers who went to war which gave them an opportunity to to identify and recognize tuupuna names. Many wondered if they were their own tuupuna, giving them something to go home and ask their parents.
Whilst at Waiouru there were plans for the tamariki to march with the soldiers at a parade however this didn’t eventuate however tamariki were given a special space reserved for them next to the Army kapahaka group during the service.
Back in Ngaa Rauru, the campers headed back to Waiinu Beach in Waitootara where they were taught to collect watercress for dinner and were also allowed some downtime where they build huts out of drift wood. Downtime at the marae involved a number of games and time to just be kids alongside their peers. An awa hiikoi was planned for the campers however due to unforeseen circumstances, this has been postponed and will take place at the next Summer Camp.
Before the camp ended, the Nanni’s took the campers back to Tawhiti Museum in Hawera which has become a favourite hiikoi destination for the tamariki.
Of the 22 tamariki registered for this Nanni Camp, 15 attended with a number of new whaanau joining the Nanni Camp craze. The next Nanni Camp is being planned for July, so be sure to keep an eye on our facebook page and website for more information.
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