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.
BAPP FOR NCEA
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.
NEWHALL OF RESIDENCE
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.