Celebrating culture


Invercargill’s St Patrick’s School pupils embraced Cook Islands Language Week with open arms last week.

From lessons on how to make ‘ei katu (head garland of flowers) to tivaevae (traditional Polynesian quilting), and ika mata (a raw fish dish), about 200 Year 0-6 pupils took part.

Teacher Shari Frengley said staff at the school worked together to make the day a success.

“We wanted to embrace Cook Islands culture and help students learn a little bit more about what makes a culture special.”

Photo: Abbey Palmer

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