Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS -

Septem­ber is a crazy busy month.

The start of spring, it’s also elec­tion month, Day­light Sav­ings brings longer days from the 24th, Plan Bee starts this week as we ac­knowl­edge and do what we can to save our pre­cious pol­li­na­tors and we have a spe­cial Maori Lan­guage Week edi­tion com­ing out next week.

In the lead up to our Maori Lan­guage Week edi­tion, we’ve got some in­ter­est­ing talk­ing points hap­pen­ing over on Neigh­bourly, in­clud­ing a bit of a daily quiz about just how much you know about te reo, our very own trea­sured lan­guage.

The teach­ing and learn­ing of te reo in our schools is a com­mon de­bate. Many will ar­gue that it’s a ‘dead lan­guage’ and has no use out­side of our slice of par­adise. The flip side of that, of course, is that it does ab­so­lutely no harm to a young – or an old – brain to learn a new lan­guage and ex­pe­ri­ence a dif­fer­ent cul­ture.

So we’ll be ex­plor­ing a bit of both next week - join us on a voy­age of dis­cov­ery, and pre­pare to cel­e­brate some­thing uniquely our own.

– Shan­non

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