Play Learn Grow – Whanaungatanga

It is about being connected. It is a respectful relationship through shared experiences and working together with Whanau, which provides a sense of belonging. Whanau is a principle, which binds individuals to the wider group and affirms the value of the collective.

Kaiako team come together on Monday to Friday to provide contexts for our tamariki learning development in Te reo and other different languages, identity, and experience Maori and other cultures. Each morning the team Kaiako and tamariki take lead in our Whanaungatanga mat time. We share waiata, poems, hand action, and whole-body movements, especially listening to their voices sharing special news from their whanau, or any other achievements they have accomplished e.g., Toilet training, a proud moment for our tamariki and saying Karakia together. We share new things we have discovered, making these moments, happy and always having fun.

Whanaungatanga Mat Time In Pukeko Whanau

We start the day, by welcoming all Tamariki and Kaiako to Pukeko Whanau, using all the different culture greeting, eg, Ni Hao Ma!. We sing waiata: Mōrena tamariki mā, Tēnā koe/ hello to one, poem: Hammer hammer hammer, Kaiako will ask a question to the tamariki for any volunteer to sing waiata of their choice. Kaiako will ask another question to another volunteer, to share good news from home or a Kaiako to share good news within the center. After the sharing, we wash our hands and sit on the chair at a table , to say our Kaiakia for our kai time.


Mōrena Tamariki mā               Tena Koe Hello to one                            Pati pati pati pati tamaiti e          

Tamariki mā x2                           Tena Ko rua Hello to two                      Pati pati pati pati tamaiti e          

Mōrena Tamariki mā               Tena Koutou Hello to all                        Siva siva siva siva tamaiti e

Tamariki mā x2                           Haere mai everyone                                Siva siva siva siva tamaiti e,



Hammer, hammer, hammer                Hāmā, hāmā, hāmā                    Samala, samala,samala

Shake, shake, shake                                 Rūrū, rūrū, rūrū                          Lulu, lulu, lulu                             

Roll, roll roll                                                 Pīrori ,pīrori,pīrori                    Taavili, taavili, taavili

Tap, tap, tap,                                                Pāngū , pāngū, pāngū                              Pati, pati, pati

Clap, clap clap                                             Paki, paki, paki                                           Po, po, po


Sharing time: Show and tell good news.

Tamariki wash hands ready for Kai Time.