On January 24-26, 2017 Homai staff went on their retreat to the beautiful Tai Tokerau (Northland region). On a road trip to the winterless north, leaving Homai Primary School at 10:30am and setting off through the concrete to the fresh air.
First stop on the way was straight to the Waitangi Treaty grounds where we were engrossed in the scenery and local Kapa Haka group.
Then we continued to Whirinaki to Matai Ara Nui Marae (Whaea Rosina’s whanau). This was a first for most of our staff to stay on a Marae, learn as Maori and know what it means to work as a whanau.
Day 2 was all about ‘wananga’. Learning what it means to be a Maori learner, early morning waka ama paddle during the sun rise and the evening at the footprints tours with our very own Whaea Casey’s parents.
Learning about the environment and the importance of being a kaitiaki.
A huge focus of the Kauri dieback and finding ways to engage our tamariki to find solutions for these kinds of mamae that our whenua have.
Take a look at our awesome staff as we push them out of their comfort zone to become better kaiako for our tamariki.