Tokoroa provides cultural insight
Visitors enjoy haka and hangi
International students were treated to a Tokoroa experience from Forest View High School students.
The Little Brown Kiwi tour group brought about 30 students from a Singaporean international school to stay at Papa O Te Aroha Marae.
Marae treasurer Prue Christie said the community marae has given previous tour groups a great experience. ‘‘Tokoroa became their highlight,’’ she said.
The opportunity to engage in a cultural experience as well as interact with people their own age is invaluable, according to Christie.
The annual event is in its third year and she hopes tour groups will visit the marae more often.
The group of 11 to 18- year- olds detoured from Rotorua to experience a night in at the marae. Forest View High School’s Te Piringatahi group hosted the students and welcomed them on with a powhiri and waiata.
Throughout the evening, the Maori culture was embraced through interactive performances and activities including using a poi and learning the haka.
Teacher in charge Rachel Toy said Te Piringatahi members benefited from the experience as well.
‘‘ Our students gain new life experiences and love interacting with the new students,’’ she said.
Forest View student Tara Kemp enjoyed the integration of cultures.
‘‘I loved that we all came together to teach the Singapore students about our culture and we also learnt so much about their lives. It was cool to see the enjoyment on their faces,’’ she said.
A traditional hangi rounded off the night, with the international students taking part by lifting out their kai.
CULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Forest View students enriched their visitors with a haka tutorial.