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All Blacks triumphant after winning the 2011 Rugby World Cup (pic: New Zealand Herald)

All Blacks triumphant after winning the 2011 Rugby World Cup (pic: New Zealand Herald)

2015 has been a great year for sport and world cups.

At the beginning of the year New Zealand hosted the Cricket World Cup. There were great cricketing moments from the Black Caps, like Martin Guptill’s double century over the West Indies, or the touching photo of Grant Elliott helping South African Dale Steyn up after the Black Caps’ win to make the finals. Although we lost to our sport nemesis, Australia, in our first cricket final, it will never be as bad as the unforgotten underarm bowling incident.

New Zealand also hosted the FIFA Under-20s World Cup in May.  This is FIFA’s second-largest competition for males. Our under-20 team managed to make the knock-out stages for the first time, but the ultimate champions were Serbia. Football in New Zealand has slowly gained more recognition thanks to the All Whites, the Phoenix and the growing number of New Zealanders playing football internationally.

In August, Australia hosted the Netball World Cup. As usual, it was a Silver Ferns-versus-Diamonds final, and (unlike 2003) the Silver Ferns couldn’t pull it off.

Mid-September saw the start of the Rugby World Cup. The opening of course featured Rugby School and William Webb Ellis.  The All Blacks are the defending champions, with no team ever yet winning two cups back-to-back. Let’s hope it doesn’t end up like 2007.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

Mahitaone Kōhanga Reo i te tau 1984 – Masterton Kōhanga Reo, 1984 (pic: Wairarapa Archive)

Mahitaone Kōhanga Reo i te tau 1984 – Masterton Kōhanga Reo, 1984 (pic: Wairarapa Archive)

Ko Te Wiki o te Reo Māori tēnei. Ko whāngaihia te reo Māori ki ngā mātua te kaupapa, arā, ka manaakitia e tātau ngā mātua ki te ako, ki te kōrero tā tātau reo, kia whāngaihia te reo e rātau ki ā tātau tamariki.

I te tau nei he āhua orite te mahi mo tātau.  Ia wiki, ia wiki ka whakawhiwhia e Te Taura Whiri tētahi kupu me tētahi rerenga kōrero. Ko e te tau te kupu o tēnei wiki, ko haramai, e te tau te rerenga kōrero.

This week is Māori Language Week. The theme of the week is fostering the Māori language in parents – if we support parents to learn and speak te reo, they can foster and teach the language to our children.

This year Te Taura Whiri have used the same idea as last year – one word a week, extended to include a short sentence or saying. This week’s word is ‘e te tau’ (darling), and the sentence is ‘Haramai, e te tau’ (come here, my darling).

Anei ētahi atu kia whāngaihia tō reo.

To help foster your language, here are a few more examples.

Tō ātaahua hoki!             You’re so beautiful.

Kei te mamae tō puku?    Is your tummy sore?

Tō kakara hoki!               You smell lovely.

Kei hea tō koti?               Where is your coat?

Māku koe e āwhina.         I will help you.

Ka nui tēnā.                    That’s enough.

Ko te reo kia rere, ko te reo kia tika, ko te reo kia Māori


Kia maumahara tātau

The Anzac service at Rongomaraeroa marae (pic: Rongomaraeroa marae)

The Anzac service at Rongomaraeroa marae (pic: Rongomaraeroa marae)

When a whole community turns up to support an event you know it is a big deal. Pōrangahau’s population at the last census count was just 195 but approximately 300 people turned up to our Anzac Dawn Service.

The morning started with a brisk march from the Pōrangahau war memorial hall down to the church cemetery and our cenotaph. We were led by the Queen Alexandra’s Mounted Rifles, and as we got closer the sound of karanga echoed eerily of lives lost, of a new day, of a day commemorating those who served from our small community.

Remembering those who served (pic: Rongomaraeroa marae)

Remembering those who served (pic: Rongomaraeroa marae)

It was a time of beauty as well. I te ata hāpara (at dawn) Pōrangahau was shrouded in mist. Whānau marched on to our memorial hall and onwards to our urupā, Kaiwhitikitiki. With karakia we entered, laid our wreaths and moved about to mihi to all our tīpuna. A pōwhiri followed on our marae, Rongomaraeroa. A table stood proudly on the mahau filled with whānau photographs and taonga and our wharekai was beautifully decorated with poppies made by the kura. Waiata welcomed all our whānau and guests for parakuihi (breakfast) and we settled in to hear four local families share their First World War stories.

This is the first time I’ve known an Anzac service to come to the marae – and what a privilege it was to be there.

Kia maumahara tātau – lest we forget.

Kapa haka on show

Te Matatini stalwarts Te Waka Huia perform a haka on the first day of racing at the Louis Vuitton Cup in San Francisco, 2013 (click for image credit)

Te Matatini stalwarts Te Waka Huia perform a haka on the first day of racing at the Louis Vuitton Cup in San Francisco, 2013 (click for image credit)

The world’s largest biennial kapa haka festival is being held this year in Ōtautahi (Christchurch). Te Matatini began as the Polynesian Festival in 1972. The famous rōpū (group) Waihīrere won that year and are still performing today.

There will be 45 kapa standing on the atamira (stage) this year over the three competition days. The rōpū will have spent months training to deliver a 25-minute show. Preparations as a performer include becoming physically fit, eating healthily, learning words and actions, poi, haka, weaponry and choreography.

Each rōpū will perform seven different types of waiata (songs):

  • waiata-ā-tira – choral singing
  • whakaeke – choreographed entry
  • mōteatea – traditional chants or dirges
  • poi – movement with poi (ball attached to string)
  • waiata-ā-ringa – action song
  • haka – war dance
  • whakawātea – choreographed exit.

Each of these waiata showcases a different skill. My favourite is the whakaeke.

Waiata performance is only one of many things being judged; a few others include te reo Māori (the Māori language), composition, male/female leader and costume. The top scoring three teams from each competition day will perform again in the finals. My guaranteed four picks are crowd favourites …

  • Te Waka Huia
  • Te Whānau a Apanui
  • Te Matarae I Orehu
  • Te Pou o Mangataawhiri

And I hope one Kahungunu group.

This year, if you can’t be at Te Matatini, you can watch it live via Māori Television’s Te Reo channel.

The joys of Christmas shopping

Christmas shopping, 1956 (click for image credit)

Christmas shopping, 1956 (click for image credit)

I am not exactly the Christmas grinch, but there is something I always despise this time of year.  It is not the decorations up earlier every year, the overboard advertisements everywhere or the countless amounts of junk mail – but Christmas shopping.

This year, much like every other year, I resolved to do my shopping early so that I didn’t have to deal with the masses of people.  I partially succeeded, if early means early December. I always know what I want and where to get it from prior to going, to make the trip short and sweet.

However, for another reason, I made the very rookie mistake of going to a mall two weeks before Christmas and there was nothing leisurely about it. The mall was so full it resembled a mosh pit.

I’m pleased to say I escaped unscathed with my few boxes of chocolates.

In the future you would think I would do online shopping and get my presents delivered to my front door to avoid the crowds – but secretly, I like the immediate gratification and sense of achievement I feel from physically shopping.