|Tamariki at Kidsfirst Northcote were very fortunate to have the Toro Pikopiko Puppets perform at kindergarten, to retell the Māori legend of ancient ancestor Pourakahua - the bird man...|
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Performing together since 1995, Aotearoa Kinesthetic Education and Entertainment founders Jeffrey Addison (Ngai Tahu) and Whaitaima Te Whare (Ngati Tuwharetoa) specialise in Te Ao Māori story-telling with vibrant live puppetry and percussion.
The immersive, interactive show, The Flight – Te Rerenga, follows the journey of Pourakahua, whose overly long arms and legs made him a lonely outcast. He encounters fishermen, hunters, dolphins, lizards, geckos and a taniwha, before eventually finding his place amongst a flock of flying shanau.
“This unique form of creativity was a wonderful opportunity for everyone to be involved in the re-telling of a Māori legend that they had not heard before,” says Kidsfirst Northcote Head Teacher, Leigh Downie.
“Even our youngest children were captured by the performance which required them to participate and take on different roles in the story-telling. The awe and wonderment was evident on their faces throughout.”
Afterwards the children got to take the puppets outside and incorporate them into their own purposeful play in a number of ways.
“We highly recommend other kindergartens and centres consider this opportunity for their own tamariki,” says Leigh.
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