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Matariki Celebrations start at Ōtaki College

posted 23 Jun 2015, 15:11 by OC Web   [ updated 23 Jun 2015, 16:59 ]
Matariki celebrations at Ōtaki College commenced on 15th June with a visit from Jerome Kavanagh a Tohunga Taonga Pūoro (specialist in Māori musical instruments) who has recently moved to Ōtaki. Jerome ran workshops throughout the day with all of the Year 7 and 8 students. He came with a vast array of Taonga Puoro and enthralled the students with the amazing sounds that the different instruments produced. Each student then had the opportunity to make their own Taonga Puoro from a fast drying clay. We enjoyed having Jerome come in for the day and look forward to working closely with him in the future. The Year 7 & 8 Matariki celebrations continue on Thursday 25th with a range of activities planned for the day.

"Jerome knew so much about the musical instruments and the history behind them. He taught us how to make a simple one. It was cool to see him play the different instruments". - Iris Seymour, Year 8

"It was neat to see the instruments that Jerome had made himself and the ones he had from other countries like Alaska". - Swartika Naidu, Year 7