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Manu Tukutuku

Last term we learned about Matariki.  We carried on in Term 3 to learn about the significance of kites.  Kites are important because they connect the Heavens to the Earth. That way, Maori could acknowledge their Ancestors and remember those that have passed on.

We decided to make Manu Tukutuku, traditional Maori kites. Practicing Whanaungatanga and Manaakitanga, we worked collaboratively and co-operatively to achieve our goal. Some Learners held the frames, while others worked on the kite using raupo. There was no way we could make the kite on our own, that is why Team work was important.

Our kite was made in the traditional way, using natural materials. We used native New Zealand plants. When prepared properly, last for a long time and make the kite light and strong.

Kakaho is the middle part of the toetoe plant which is cutty grass. We cut the top off and used the stalk to make the fram of the kite.

Harakeke is flax. It grows everywhere. Our teacher prepared it so that it did not curl up when it dried. She split it into thin strips that we used to tie the frame together.

Raupo grows in swamps. The middle part looks like a hotdog on a stick. Rows of Raupo were tied onto the frame with the Harakeke. Bernadette was the best at Tukutuku. She made cross patterns down the middle of the frame to hold it together. Then she taught Cheyanne and Josette how to finish the sides.

We made Manu Taratahi and Manu Patiki.

Manu Taratahi is a triangle shaped kite. This was the type of kite children flew.

Patiki means flounder. A flounder is a diamond shape, so the Manu Patiki was a diamond shaped kite.

Joseph ran around on the field and flew both kites. The Manu Taratahi flew the best and was easy to handle. The Manu Patiki crashed to the ground alot. It did not stay up in the air very well.

We think Patiki are better swimmers than flyers and is best suit being in the water rather than the sky.