Close to my manawa

The Māori immersion classes at Arataki School, Mount Maunganui have been a part of my waka journey. It was almost a year ago that I first presented my book mock-up to these tamariki. These tamariki welcomed me with waiata, asked me lots of questions and spontaneously sang as I displayed the words on the screen. They are a part of this waka crew and are preparing to launch our book/pukapuka at their school. It is an important day and we have invited the publisher to attend. They are all so proud of their teacher Tania for her involvement in this project. He waka eke noa.