Sto­ry­times mark week

Napier Courier - - NEWS -

War­dini Books Napier had a truly Kiwi sto­ry­time last Satur­day with tales be­ing read in the three lan­guages of Aotearoa New Zealand — Ma¯ ori, English and New Zealand Sign Lan­guage.

Co-owner Louise Ward wanted to cel­e­brate Te Wiki o te re o Ma¯ ori in style and en­listed the help of book­shop wha¯ nau.

“One of the first friends I made when I moved to New Zealand from Eng­land was Dene Ker­shaw who is a flu­ent Ma¯ ori speaker and this proved in­valu­able in learn­ing cor­rect pro­nun­ci­a­tion of te reo from the get go. Dene is an en­ter­tainer and teacher so was the per­fect per­son to ask to read sto­ries — his telling of Mar­garet Mahy’s The Lion in the Meadow in Ma¯ ori (He Raiona i roto i nga Otaota) was hugely en­gag­ing and had the chil­dren roar­ing en­thu­si­as­ti­cally at each men­tion of the Raiona,” Louise says.

War­dini Books has sev­eral mem­bers of its com­mu­nity with New Zealand Sign Lan­guage skills and in­vites them to sign at its Bed­time Sto­ries ses­sions, held in the school hol­i­days. Nicki Young works for the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion as ad­viser on deaf chil­dren in Hawke’s Bay and with her teach­ing back­ground also has great rap­port with chil­dren.

“It was amaz­ing to have Nicki with us for this event. Sign Lan­guage is not only es­sen­tial for our deaf com­mu­nity but a beau­ti­fully ex­pres­sive way for us all to com­mu­ni­cate,” Louise says.

The idea be­hind the trilin­gual story time was to hold some­thing unique to Aotearoa New Zealand.

“Although many lan­guages are spo­ken in our won­der­fully di­verse com­mu­nity, te reo Ma¯ ori is unique to us and the more we use this taonga the more it be­comes a part of what we do. We wanted to cel­e­brate Te Wiki o te reo Ma¯ ori with some­thing more than a dis­play of books. Dene and Nicki re­ally brought th­ese sto­ries to life and the chil­dren and adults in the au­di­ence re­sponded with so much joy — Dene’s game of Tenei/Tena (Si­mon Says) was hi­lar­i­ous.”

With more and more books be­ing writ­ten in or trans­lated into Ma¯ ori there will be plenty more sto­ries to choose from for next year’s cel­e­bra­tion.

Tri-lin­gual sto­ry­time was held at War­dini Books.

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