Theme of week is about hospitality
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.