(A New Community Initiative)

Specifically Pacific (SP) started at 'Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Otepou' a local total immersion Maori school. The heart of it is to transplant all that we have learnt within Island Breeze , in particular the cultures of the Pacific Islands such as Tonga, Samoa, Tahiti, Hawaii etc. to students.

Wharekura students (seniors) of Te Kura kaupapa Maori o Otepou have been learning a variety of things from those Islands. Each term we focus on one Island and learn things about the people, language, songs, dances and at the end of each term we cook food from that Island.

A lot of prejudice and unhealthy attitudes from one culture to another can be based on ignorance thus developing wrong ideas and perceptions against the other. By bringing understanding and education of other cultures we address the issue of ignorance. Specifically Pacific aims to bring that understanding.

'Ma te whakatau, - ka mohio, Ma te mohio - ka marama, Ma te marama - ka matau, Ma te matau - ka ora'

(by discussion comes understanding, by understanding comes light, by light comes wisdom, by wisdom comes life everlasting)

Specifically Pacific has been operating at Otepou and has also done workshops at Matapihi Kura.


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