Porirua on pa­rade for te reo


If it sounded a bit quiet in Porirua’s eastern sub­urbs yes­ter­day it will be be­cause 300 chil­dren spent the day in the cap­i­tal pro­mot­ing the Maori lan­guage.

Eight eastern schools headed to Welling­ton to take part in Aotearoa’s first pa­rade to cel­e­brate Maori Lan­guage Week.

Can­nons Creek’s Rus­sell School prin­ci­pal Sose An­nan­dale said the prin­ci­pals had met and de­cided it was im­por­tant to be part of the event.

"We need to help el­e­vate the lan­guage to the po­si­tion de­serves in this coun­try.’’

About 3870 peo­ple and 14 floats took part and the pa­rade was streamed for any­one who could not at­tend.

The Porirua schools had been work­ing to­gether and took in ban­ners, flags and bal­loons to Welling­ton.

‘‘It’s the first time we have done any­thing all to­gether like this and we all wanted to walk to­gether rep­re­sent­ing Porirua.’’

Chil­dren at Rus­sell School made the dec­o­ra­tions for the float the eight schools shared.

Ocea­nia Takao said they it carved tikis, tani­wha, kiwi and more­pork out of re­cy­cled card­board and painted posters. ‘‘It’s quite hard work, but some­times it’s re­ally easy as well.’’

Leon Tau­roa said carv­ing card­board was good prac­tice for when he was a bit older and al­lowed to carve bone and wood.

The theme for this year’s Maori Lan­guage Week cam­paign is ‘‘ak­ina te reo’’, which is about us­ing the lan­guage to show sup­port, in­clud­ing for New Zealand ath­letes head­ing to Rio for the Olympic Games in Au­gust.

Te reo rugby am­bas­sador Nehe Mil­ner-Skud­der signed rugby balls and threw them out to the crowd.

Maori Lan­guage Com­mis­sion chief ex­ec­u­tive Ngahiwi Apanui said all New Zealan­ders had a role to play in the re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of te reo.

‘‘We are tak­ing te reo Maori to the streets and mak­ing it vis­i­ble in places and spa­ces where it isn’t.

‘‘We want to in­volve Maori and non-Maori in the big­gest cel­e­bra­tion of te reo that our coun­try has ever put on.’’

The pa­rade started out­side Par­lia­ment and made its way to Te Papa via Lambton Quay.


BNZ is look­ing for com­mu­nity groups in the Welling­ton re­gion who need a hand. For the bank will shut on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 31, and about 5500 staff will spend the day help­ing out. To find out more and to sub­mit a project, visit closed­for­good.org. Sub­mis­sions close on July 15.


A new app called NCEA Cred­sta turns the chore of record­ing NCEA cred­its into a game. The app al­lows stu­dents to record cred­its as they are achieved and track over­all progress. It is avail­able on An­droid and Ap­ple plat­forms.


Welling­ton’s new smart mo­tor­way is op­er­a­tional for traf­fic head­ing north­bound to­wards Porirua. The new lane is open and the elec­tronic speed limit signs on. The south­bound sys­tem is to be launched in July, weather de­pen­dant. More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able from www.nzta.govt.nz/ smart­mo­tor­way and from our cen­tre in the John­sonville Mall.


Vic­to­ria Univer­sity will open a new hall of res­i­dence in 2017, lo­cated in­Wil­lis St be­tween Man­ners and Dixon streets. It will be fully catered and of­fer more than 300 beds. The hall will be a re­fit of the Tel Tower build­ing, pro­vid­ing fur­nished sin­gle rooms on 11 floors. It will bring the num­ber of stu­dent beds of­fered by Vic­to­ria to about 3300 in 12 halls.


The Mul­ti­cul­tural Coun­cil of Welling­ton Fo­rum on July 16, 9am till 3pm, will ad­dress the ques­tion, Can the in­creas­ingly di­verse pop­u­la­tion of Welling­ton add real value to the city’s so­cial and eco­nomic suc­cess? Held at the John­sonville Com­mu­nity Cen­tre Hall, 3 Frankmoore Ave, it will in­clude Welling­ton may­oral can­di­dates pre­sent­ing their views and par­tic­i­pat­ing in a ques­tion and an­swer session with at­ten­dees. En­try is free, but only by reg­is­ter­ing at eventfinda.co.nz.

Jadda Angel Pi­war-Karati, Reign Te-Waaka and Ocea­nia Takao from Rus­sell School in Porirua get ready to dec­o­rate their float for the Maori Lan­guage Week Pa­rade.

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