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Karakia are prayers or incantations. They are generally used to ensure a favourable outcome to important events and undertakings such as tangihanga (the ritual of farewell to our deceased), hui (meetings), unveilings etc., however they can cover every aspect of life. For example: welcoming the dawn and farewelling the day, to ensure a safe journey, for different types of illness, when undertaking tā moko (tribal ‘tatoo’), when carving wharenui (meeting houses) or waka (traditional canoe), and more. Karakia, in their true essence, are ritual chants invoking spiritual guidance and protection.

At Mayfair School we are multicultural of varying religions. Our Karakia are non denominational and embrace our identity as a school. We use Karakia for the following events:

  1. Start of the school day (karakia timatanga)

  2. Close of the school day (karakia whakamutunga)

  3. Bless food (karakia mō te kai)

Kura Karakia

Kia whakaute 

Kia manawanui 

Kia tika

Kia pono

Kia kaha kia rite ki te oki 

Tihei Mauri Ora

Be respectful

Be Patient (Resilient)

Be True (identity)

Be Righteous (Integrity)

Be strong like an oak tree 

Behold the breath of life

Karakia Timatanga

Tūtawa mai i runga
Tūtawa mai i raro
Tūtawa mai i roto
Tūtawa mai i waho
Kia tau ai
Te mauri tū
Te mauri ora
Ki te katoa
Haumi e
Hui e
Tāiki e!

Come forth from above,
below, within,
and from
the environment
and well being, for all
Strengthened in unity.

Karakia Whakamutunga

Whakataka te hau ki te uru,
Whakataka te hau ki te tonga.
Kia mākinakina ki uta,
Kia mātaratara ki tai.
E hī ake ana te atākura he tio,
he huka, he hauhunga.
Haumi e! Hui e! Tāiki e!

The West wind has shifted and the south wind has dropped.
The land bristles, and the sea has goosebumps
The first rays of a red dawn pierce the night, revealing snow ice and frost from the mountains to the sea.
I bind myself to this

Karakia mō te kai

Nau mai e ngā hua o Papaahurewa o Ranginui kete kai.

Whītiki kia ora!

Haumi e, hui e, tāiki e!

I welcome the gifts of food provided by the earth mother and the sky father, bearer of food baskets.

Gifts bound together to sustain all of us! United and connected as one!

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