1. TE WIKI O TE REO

This week is Maori Lan­guage Week. While te reo is all around us in place names and phrases we take for granted, it is an of­fi­cial lan­guage and an in­trin­sic part of New Zealand’s iden­tity. This week re­minds us we share a unique her­itage – one we should res

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER -

High­bury Whanau cen­tre has weekly lessons. See P12

Ev­ery Thurs­day evening an av­er­age of 15 peo­ple turn up to The High­bury Whanau Cen­tre to learn more about the lan­guage and cul­ture.

The classes en­cour­ag­ing a wider up­take and in­sight into te reo, are ad­ver­tised ev­ery week in The Tri­bune’s What’s On col­umns.

Kai­whaka­haere (teacher) Tahi Gotty has been run­ning te reo classes for about 10 years in Palmer­ston North, at­tract­ing peo­ple from all walks of life. While the core group of stu­dents are mid­dle-aged and of Maori her­itage, there’s a mix of older and younger learn­ers, Maori and Pakeha.

‘‘We have a lot of mid­dle-aged peo­ple who just want to learn how to speak te reo.

‘‘It wasn’t around when they were grow­ing up, and if it was, no­body re­ally spoke it,’’ Tahi says.

With a re­vival of te reo among

‘‘We have a lot of mid­dle-aged peo­ple who just want to learn how to speak te reo. It wasn’t around when they were grow­ing up, and if it was, no­body re­ally spoke it.’’ – Tahi Gotty

younger gen­er­a­tions, the older ones are re­spond­ing to a need to catch up.

Oth­ers just want to know more about Maori­tanga and the coun­try they live in.

Tahi’s Te Reo Maori lessons are in the High­bury Whanau Cen­tre Thurs­day nights from 6pm-9pm with tu­ition by koha. Tahi can be con­tacted for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on 022 431 9354.

1

PHOTO: DAVID UNWIN/ FAIR­FAX NZ.

Maori lan­guage teacher or kai­whaka­haere Tahi Gotty sets up a lan­guage learn­ing ac­tiv­ity at the High­bury Whanau Cen­tre where Maori Lan­guage Week is all year round.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.