Kia ora whanau,
Hope you are all good and well today – keeping warm and getting lots done.
Todays blog I will share a little info on the event two of us from Toihoukura got the privilledge of doing on behalf of our kura.
Tihirua Putaka Year 3 Degree Student and myself currently in my last year of study at Toihoukura doing my Certificate in Studio Workshop after completing and Graduating with my Degree earlier this year. We were asked to go to Hawkes Bay and promote our school in hopes that we would get some people interested in our course and sign up for next year also just to let people know about our awesome kura.
One thing that we found is that a lot of the students that came in from different schools didn’t actually know what they wanted to pursue – although there were a few who did and quite happily told us they wanted to sign up – so fingers crossed they stick to that.
Otherwise it was just an awesome opportunity to meet some of the locals and learn a bit about how they do things in Hawkes Bay – like the Maori Studies group we got to work close to and witness them in their element on the second day when their course arrived smartly dressed to perform for everyone their Haka Powhiri – Takitimu, beautiful waiata about Te ara a Tawhaki and their mean haka at the end.
Overall it was an awesome two days where we got to get out of Gizzy and do something good for our school. On our break we got to walk around and check out the different things – whichi fully took advantage of – they had Massey and Waikato University representatives there, Premier Hairdressing School as well as EIT s Hairdressing course which were all doing freebies or give aways – my chance to get some hair chalk done lol…
I got to meet one of the kaiako Chris from Toi mai rangi – the sister school to Toihoukura – part of Te Wananga o Aotearoa who had a few students there with him demonstrating artwork and hada mean display up which gave me some ideas about the next expo.
Toihoukura – do u remember the tv screen set up in Maia Gallery last year with the images of students, artwork, trips and stuff that goes on in Toihou that would be a great promotional tool – especially since people love TV – a few people down there were doing this – I think it would cover the main areas of Toihoukura that would be good to showcase to the public what ‘the inside’ of Toihou looks like. rather than having posters – thatnevergot put up cos our booth was too small and shared with another group which was pretty cool but not so good for promoting and we need more calanders to take there because there wereso many people wanting to buy them. Anyway, those are just some of my views on the topic. Please keep these in mind especially if you play a leading role at Toihoukura because you could be the next person out there promoting our school.
Kia ora. Nga mihi Toihoukura for sending us away to Hawkes Bay – Awesome.. would love to do it again!