On May 16, I was invited to attend Korowai Aroha, a bilingual playgroup located in Tauranga. The tamariki have been learning Row, row, row your waka and they were excited to meet the Author. To my surprize, they performed to me in Te Reo with beautiful art and props – what a proud moment! Thank you so much Aroha for embracing my pukapuka and sharing it with your tamariki and the community.
About Korowai Aroha
Korowai Aroha is held each Tuesday during the school term at the Otumoetai Plunket House - Otumoetai Rd from 10:30-1230. A gold coin koha and a piece of fruit or something to contribute for shared kai are requested. Tea and coffee are provided. Our programme kicks off with a 30min Kiddy Kapahaka session of fun, interactive waiata, followed by a shared kai and then free play of which a craft activity is always set up that supports the focus of the term. Korowai Aroha is open to children of all ages and for Whānau with any level of competencies of te Reo Māori. We are a fun, supportive and encouraging rōopu doing our part to normalise te reo Māori me ona tikanga. Nau Mai Haere Mai!
Row, row, row your waka was first written for Rebecca Larsen's son to encourage a love of language and song. Aroha - with love to Torsen.