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