Te Wairua o Opotea – The Spirit of Opotea
Opotea is the name of the gorge that early Māori paved out to bypass Dunedin
when travelling between North, South and Central Otago. Te Kura Tuatahi o East
Taieri sits right along this path.
Just like the people of the land who worked very hard to build these early tracks, our
tamariki also work very hard to learn and use Te Reo and Tikanga Māori.
Every person is born with an innate curiosity to learn and explore, much like the
early settlers who were curious to explore new land and learn about what the land
could offer. Our tauira Māori are curious to learn Te Reo and Tikanga Māori and as
they continue to explore Te Ao Māori, they will continue to develop a deeper
understanding of who they are, thus awakening their wairua.
Weekly sessions are designed to increase our rangatahi’s knowledge of Te Reo and Tikanga Māori and ultimately develop their confidence and pride in who they are as Tangata Whenua. Lessons are engaging, safe and we welcome all whānau members to attend our sessions and learn alongside their tamariki to further support Te Reo and Tikanga Māori use within the home and wider community.