Waitangi Day - Educator In Focus - Mary Barratt
Sharing, learning and communicating with our community is a core part of what Elite is about. In a few short days (6th February), Waitangi Day is celebrated, we spoke with Elite educator Mary Barratt about her culture.
My name is Mary and I am originally from Aotearoa (long white cloud, a town inside Auckland) New Zealand.
In New Zealand we introduce ourselves with our Whakapapa (My ancestry genealogy line) first, this allows others to connect with me and my ancestry.
Ko Puwheke te maunga hirahiara
Ko Taratara te maunga nui
Ko Tokerau te moana pounamu
Ko Mamari te waka
Ko Paratene te tangata
Ko Haiti-tai- marangi te marae
Ko Takapau te urupa
Ko TeRorohuri me Whanau Maoana te hapu
Ko Ngati Kahu te iwi
Ko Marae Taua te maunga
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Tanehopuwai te whenua
Ko Whanau Pani te hapu
Ko Hui Tairo te tangata
Ko Waikato Maniapoto Ngati Apakura te iwi
My Mothers side
Puwheke is the most famous mountain
Taratara is the main mountain
Tokerau is the green sea
Mamari is the waka vehicle
Paratene is the man
Haiti-tai-marangi is the marae (ancestral house)
Takapau is the grave
TeRorohuri and Whanau Maoana are the family
The tribe is Ngati Kahu
My Father's side
Marae Taua is the mountain
Tainui was the waka canoe
Tanehopuwai is the land
Whanau Pani is the family
Hui Tairo was the man
The tribe is Waikato Maniapoto Ngati Apakura
Waitangi Day to me means Sadness, Loss of land…and language, due to the British invasion and signing of the treaty.Being denied the right to learn my own language or embed my culture was a very sad time. Only now are we able to regain our lands, tribes. Waitangi means “crying water” hence the name Waitangi day which was previously called New Zealand Day. Waitangi day is a national holiday celebrated similar to Australia Day.
My favourite childhood place to go is at our holiday batch beside the beach.. I have many fond memories of our family time there and look forward to visiting again when travel is safe again.
A fun fact about me: Family is most important to me and I am the proud grandmother 16 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild!
I love to incorporate my New Zealand culture into my family day care service by using action songs sung in Maori, showing and experimenting with cultural instruments. I teach children our meaningful patterns and symbols along with using traditional greetings such as hello, goodbye and at mealtimes.
Mary operates Amayzing Steps Family Day Care