Turn­ing pic­tures into re­al­ity

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - TA­MARA THORN

Moas may be ex­tinct but that hasn’t stopped a Pu­taruru Pri­mary School stu­dent from turn­ing his one into re­al­ity.

Jesse Ho­haia-bar­ron’s moa has been cho­sen to take pride of place in the school’s na­tive gar­den.

Jesse ad­mits there is noth­ing magical about his moa. He drew it be­cause his teacher told him to. He based his moa on one that he re­mem­bered see­ing once be­fore, then drew some trees around it to make it stand out.

Jesse said he was happy that he won be­cause he didn’t think he would.

‘‘I was shy in front of every­one, if it hap­pens again I won’t be shy.’’

The un­veil­ing of the Moa was ac­com­pa­nied by a wa­iata [song] from the Kapa Haka group, with words that drew in­spi­ra­tion from the trees.

‘‘The bird that eats from the for­est owns the for­est, and the bird that eats from the knowl­edge owns the world.’’

It was then fol­lowed by a Karakia [prayer] and a few words from Jenny Oliphant and Les­ley Fitzger­ald who do­nated the Moa to the school.

The Moa was a team ef­fort be­tween Jesse and Cor­ru­gated Cre­ations in Ti­rau.

Prin­ci­pal Trish Scown said ‘‘The idea is to be able to walk through the gar­den and make it an out­side learn­ing class­room,’’ and an en­joy­able place to be.

TA­MARA THIRN/FAIRFAX NZ

Les­ley Fitzger­ald, Jesse Ho­haia-bar­ron and Jenny Oliphant re­veal the new Moa to stu­dents of Pu­taruru Pri­mary School

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