Em­brace te reo, it’s for ev­ery­one

Bay News - - NEWS - Re­becca Mauger Se­nior re­porter

If you check out the You Tube video Kawea Te Reo Ma¯ori, you’ll see Mat­apihi School stu­dents hav­ing the time of their lives.

The look on their faces says it all . . . they are lov­ing it and hav­ing so much fun.

They are in the run­ning to take out a Te Ma¯ngai Pa¯ho video chal­lenge and are also fi­nal­ists for MADE Awards— both pro­mot­ing school stu­dents in art and cul­ture.

There’s also ames­sage in there to em­brace te reo, and that te reo is for ev­ery­one. Teacher Keeri Stan­ley-Kaweroa has done an amaz­ing job get­ting the song started (set to the tune of Ciara’s Level Up) by chang­ing the lyrics to pro­mote us­ing te reo in ev­ery­day life.

The stu­dents have then taken own­er­ship of the project/ video by cre­at­ing their own dance moves.

Mat­apihi School have en­tered their video into com­pe­ti­tions. Front is Hemi Herewini and Man­uao Tahi, back Maia Moss and Keeri Stan­ley-Kaweroa (teacher). PHOTO/John Bor­ren

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