Lots of learn­ing planned for Maori lan­guage week

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

As Maori lan­guage week kicks off around New Zealand, busi­nesses are hold­ing a range of dif­fer­ent learn­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. Ngapo Lip­scombe Law are hold­ing a Maori Lan­guage Week Triv­ial Pur­suits Evening tonight at Te Wananga O Aotearoa Toko­roa Cam­pus be­gin­ning at 5.30pm.

The ques­tions will not be in Maori but will con­sist of ev­ery­day Maori words used in the com­mu­nity.

To reg­is­ter your team of four head down to the cam­pus at 5.30 to sign up your team. The cost is $40 per team with all money raised go­ing to the Christchurch Women’s Refuge. Nib­bles will be pro­vided. Poker and 8 ball play­ers can get their dose of te reo this week when they visit Pock­ets 8 Ball Club.

Signs, posters and phrases cards will fea­ture com­monly used poker and pool words.

To wrap up the week Pock­ets is host­ing a Maori poker tour­na­ment on Fri­day night. This is an in­vi­ta­tional event and will see vis­i­tors form Pock­ets clubs in Auck­land and Ro­torua, com­ing to join in on the fes­tiv­i­ties where te reo will be spo­ken through­out the night.

This is the first tour­na­ment of its kind, as English is the spo­ken lan­guage of of­fi­cial poker tour­na­ments. There will be spot prizes for non-Maori speak­ers who come along and give it a go.

The South Waikato District Li­braries are get­ting right into fes­tiv­i­ties.

Bor­row any Maori book from the li­braries’ Maori col­lec­tion and go into the draw to win a prize. Each time you bor­row a book from the col­lec­tion you get a free chocolate bar.

The li­brary will also be hold­ing daily quizzes where all en­tries go into a draw to win a fan­tas­tic prize.

Te Wananga o Aotearoa Toko­roa cam­pus will be hold­ing a raft of dif­fer­ent events on cam­pus for tauira and staff.

Each day starts with learn­ing a karakia, hi­imene and whakataukii. Learn ba­sic mihi/greeting, in­ter­ac­tive demon­stra­tion.

Each day tauira will learn the Maori name for var­i­ous class re­sources – such as Maori names for com­puter com­po­nents be­ing prac­ticed in Com­puter Level 3 class.

Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Com­put­ing Level 2 tauira will in­ter­act with each an­other and ka­iako re­plac­ing the yes/no words with ae/kao kupu.

On Wed­nes­day from 1pm to 2pm there will be kapa haka prac­tice with Tame­hana La­gas.

On Thurs­day morn­ing from 10.30 to 11.30 there will be mau rakau or ta­iaha prac­tice with Piripi Christie.

On Fri­day morn­ing from 9am there will be kemu titi­torea/stick games with Wiremu Bea­z­ley.

Con­tact Piripi Christie or Wiremu Bea­z­ley on 07 8850026.

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