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Waiata and Ukulele Workshops – Central and South Auckland

June 2, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - June 16, 2021 @ 8:30 pm



For beginners


To increase teachers repertoire of waiata, kupu/words and basic kiwaha/phrases that enhance children’s identity, belonging and wellbeing.

Presented by Maria Sydney in CENTRAL and SOUTH Auckland.

Only $180.00pp for the series of 3 workshops!

This series of three workshops will be an opportunity to build your confidence in using te reo Māori, while raising cultural awareness through learning the tikanga and pūrakau associated with waiata.

Having a particularly strong interest and passion for te reo Māori herself, Maria will weave te reo Māori and matauranga Māori (i.e karakia, waiata and ideas to support bicultural practice) throughout the workshops and be available for support with pronunciation and tips as well.

A safe, relaxed and fun learning space will be provided to ensure that all akonga have ample time and support throughout the workshops where needed.

Waiata can have deep symbolic meaning and can be used to reflect whakapapa, purakau/ stories, identity and cultural values.

Learning (outcomes) for tamariki:

Waiata are fun for tamariki and enhances mana, creativity, language acquisition, participation and so much more! 

Supports awareness of sounds, words, rhythm and rhyme

Ability to be creative and expressive through learning and singing waiata 

Using actions that accompany waiata can help with co-ordination skills too.

The use of te reo and tikanga Māori support tamariki to connect with their identity as Māori and strengthens their sense of belonging and wellbeing.

Brought to you by Maria Sydney.

$180.00 per person

A CHOICE OF LOCATIONS: All 6:30pm-8:30pm 

Saint Columba Centre, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby on Tuesdays

Part One: 18 May 2021

Part Two: 25 May 2021 

Part Three: 1 June 2021 

Our Kids Early Learning Centre, 208A Church Street, Onehunga on Wednesdays

Part One: 2 June 2021

Part Two: 9 June 2021 

Part Three: 16 June 2021 

Attendees will need to borrow or purchase a ukulele to bring with them.

A holistic approach to teaching and learning in a supportive and fun learning environment, this is an opportunity for kaiako (all ages, stages, backgrounds and abilities) to come and enjoy learning a new skill that can be used to support interactions with tamariki, whanau and beyond!

Maria is also available to come to your setting during daytime hours to support your team privately. Dates are limited so please get in touch to secure support for your team. For more information including costs, contact [email protected]

With respect and aroha, Maria is available to come in to your service and work alongside kaiako and tamariki (where appropriate) to offer extra support for centres using a role modelling and tuakana/teina approach. She can provide kaiako with inspiration of how to best support te reo Māori and tikanga Māori in their service including support with values in practice i.e Aroha, Whanaungatanga, Manaakitanga and much more to enhance teachers competence and understanding of te ao Māori. 


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June 2, 2021 @ 6:30 pm
June 16, 2021 @ 8:30 pm