Visual Pepeha

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Georgia, Tai and Segev sharing different information relating to three different  places that they live/lived. 

A pepeha is a way to introduce yourself in Māori. It tells other people who you are and where you are from. A pepeha begins with a maunga (mountain). For Māori the maunga is the landmark that ties them to their whenua (land). Mountains shelter people, they will never move or be destroyed. The top of the maunga allows you to have views from a distance. Next is the moana (lake/sea) or awa (river) - the water source that brought people to the maunga. The water source provided food and a way to stay clean. 

A pepeha also explains how your family is connected to the environment. The people value the environment because it provides food, water, and shelter - the things that all people need to live. A pepeha is a way of showing that you value the environment and the important connection you have with the natural world. A pepeha includes names, places, and events that explain where you are from, which family you belong to, and where you fit within your larger family. 

Our inquiry topic of ‘Our People’ included each student learning their pepeha. Teacher’s sent letters home to gather the relevant information required for each student. This was put into the Wairakei Primary School Pepeha template.

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Room 14 decided to create a visual pepeha as calendar art for 2022. I also made copies of the artwork which I laminated for each student. The concept of learning a visual pepeha seemed easier for my Year 1 and 2 students as they could easily refer to each picture as they recited their pepeha.

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By sharing our pepeha we are using the key competency of participating and contributing. The key competency of relating to others is also used by listening and asking questions of pepeha that are the same or different to our own. We compared connections, such as similarities and differences. We could then understand the importance of a pepeha because of the connections it makes. 

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