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
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.
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.