Theme of week is about hos­pi­tal­ity

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The theme for Te Wiki o te Reo Maori is man­aak­i­tanga and that is ex­actly what was dis­played at Toko­roa Li­brary on Mon­day night.

About 60 peo­ple at­tended the launch of Maori lan­guage week, or­gan­ised by the South Waikato District Li­brary in Toko­roa.

South Waikato Mayor, Neil Sin­clair spoke pas­sion­ately about his re­gret of not pick­ing up the reo.

‘‘I missed my chance to learn the lan­guage and it is some­thing I re­gret. Back in the 1960s the lan­guage was sup­pressed. I call it New Zealand’s dark ages, now Maori is ev­ery where and it is a beau­ti­ful thing to see our chil­dren grow­ing, learn­ing and in­volved in the Maori cul­ture. Maori lan­guage means some­thing to all of us.’’

Nigel Te Hiko from the Raukawa Char­i­ta­ble Trust spoke fer­vently about Man­aak­i­tanga.

‘‘Man­aak­i­tanga is to up­lift some­one’s strength, pride or stand­ing in the com­mu­nity. It’s about do­ing some­thing for some­one else whether it’s do­ing dishes for your par­ents or help­ing out a friend.’’

Kuia Mei Boyn­ton spoke of Man­aak­i­tanga as hos­pi­tal­ity. ‘‘The im­por­tance of food is the abil­ity to feed any­one who ar­rives re­gard­less of whether they are in­vited or ex­pected. This is hos­pi­tal­ity in depth from a Maori per­spec­tive. If you have noth­ing to of­fer them then at least give them a glass of wa­ter.’’

Af­ter the speeches guests were in­vited to a kai hakari.

Maori Lan­guage Week is a time for all New Zealan­ders to cel­e­brate te reo Maori. This year Maori Lan­guage Week is from July 4 to 10, the theme is Man­aak­i­tanga – how we make peo­ple feel wel­come when they are in our com­pany. For what’s go­ing on in Maori lan­guage week turn to page 13.

MAN­AAK­I­TANGA: Kuia, Mei Boyn­ton told a cap­ti­vated au­di­ence to be hos­pitable to their guest as a way of show­ing man­aak­i­tanga at the launch of Te Wiki o te Reo Maori.

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