Sheppard 8’s Cultural Sustainability Hīkoi


This term, our school-wide focus is on sustainability, with students and teachers from Sheppard 2 and 3 diving into the important topic of cultural sustainability.

On Wednesday, 12th June, Sheppard 2 and 3 embarked on an enriching walk from CSKI to the city centre. Guided by the Tūrangawaewae Cultural Guide, we explored how the city’s rebuild has honoured and incorporated Māori traditions and values, such as mahinga kai and tikanga Māori. 

Along our journey, we admired and discussed several significant sites and installations, including the 13 whāriki, the mōkihi benches, The Terrace: Pepeha Tuna, the Pita Te Hori Centre, the Kate Sheppard Memorial, Te Pae, Te Aika, and the cultural artworks in Victoria Square, among others. At each location, student groups delivered presentations, sharing their knowledge and understanding of cultural sustainability.

Our students were exemplary, representing our school with pride and demonstrating respect and curiosity throughout the excursion. During our lunch break at the Margaret Mahy Playground, a member of the public approached our teachers to commend our students for their kindness and conscientious behaviour with her children.

A heartfelt thank you to all the parents and Ben for your invaluable help and guidance in making this educational experience a success.


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