by André Ngāpō
What does it mean to be Māori? In this first-person narrative, Eddie’s classmates expect him to be familiar with a pōwhiri because he is Māori. But that’s not how Eddie feels, and an upcoming visit to a local kura fills him with anxiety. The support of a sensitive teacher, an encouraging mother, and a wise kaumatua enable Eddie to express his culture in a beautiful painting. When his class visits the kura, he takes his place on the paepae with pride.