Monday, February 15, 2010

365/46 - motu

cc licensed flickr photo shared by dragonsinger

We've been learning a mihi in class that relates to our school learning journey - mine goes like this:

Tena koutou katoa
Nau mai, haere mai, piki mai
Ko Kapiti te motu
Ko Rau o te Rangi te moana
Ko Wharemauku te awa
Ko Raumati Beach te kura
Ko Jo taku ingoa
No reira, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa

The island is Kapiti; the sea between Kapiti and the mainland is called Rau o te Rangi named after an heroic swim by a Kahe Rau-o-te-Rangi from the island to the mainland with her baby strapped to her back. She was later one of three women to sign the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840.


  1. Your mihi is awesome, Jo. Well illustrated by your photo.

  2. I have always wanted to visit there. I had it booked once but the weather turned up rough.

  3. If you ever get the chance you have to go - it's spectacular.