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

The theme for this year’s Maori Lan­guage Week is ak­ina te reo, which means to use te reo Maori to sup­port peo­ple, to in­spire and to cheer on.

How great is it to see a school in our com­mu­nity that’s al­ready com­pletely in­ter­wo­ven te reo Maori and Maori cul­ture into their daily school life?

That’s a true re­flec­tion of Cen­tral Nor­mal School’s com­mu­nity spirit, which in­volves sup­port­ing, in­spir­ing and cheer­ing on their stu­dents to do their best. These are the types of things that bring true com­mu­ni­ties to­gether.

Speak­ing of com­mu­nity spirit, it was in­cred­i­ble to see Palmer­ston North peo­ple re­act to the po­lice lock­down in Clover­lea last week.

I heard of res­i­dents of­fer­ing beds to peo­ple who couldn’t go home, ho­tels giv­ing free ac­com­mo­da­tion and groups help­ing out with clothes and blan­kets. It was a bright spot in what was a fright­en­ing sit­u­a­tion for Clover­lea res­i­dents and the wider com­mu­nity.

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