Mu­sic video cel­e­brates te reo

Bay News - - FRONT PAGE - By Re­becca Mauger news@baynews.co.nz

TEACHER Keeri Stan­ley-Kaweroa’s stu­dents love Ciara’s song Level Up.

Ev­ery morn­ing be­fore school Te Kura O Mat­apihi year five stu­dents sing and dance to it and it gets them go­ing, Keeri says.

There was just one thing that an­noyed Keeri— Mat­apihi School is full im­mer­sion te reo and Level Up is not. So she wrote a te reo ver­sion of it.

“I went home and wrote it in one night and recorded it onmy gam­ing head­set. I played it to the kids and they loved it.”

The stu­dents then took charge of the project, in­clud­ing its chore­og­ra­phy. Maia Moss, 10, did most of the videog­ra­phy/edit­ing.

It’s been an ex­cit­ing time for the chil­dren as the video has put them in the run­ning for The Great Te Ma¯ngai Pa¯ho Video Chal­lenge as well as MADE Awards fi­nal­ists.

“My class wanted to do some­thing that could make a dif­fer­ence to oth­ers and would help oth­ers to see the value of not only learn­ing te reo Ma¯ori but us­ing it in ev­ery con­text,” Keeri says.

The word “kawea” (mean­ing to in­flu­ence) is used through­out the song Kawea Te Reo Ma¯ori.

“They wanted some­thing dif­fer­ent that showed other tamariki that be­ing Ma¯ori is cool and we can use the best of both worlds and col­lide them both into a fun but in­spi­ra­tional video. Be­ing Ma¯ori is cool, speak­ing te reo is cool and if you have got it— use it. If you don’t, learn it.

“They re­searched and found a new app, then in groups they edited a small sec­tion each for the video.”

Keeri has en­cour­aged her stu­dents to use the lan­guage that has been passed down from an­ces­tors.

“The idea of the video is to make chil­dren aware that they are the key to the re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of te re­oMa¯ori.”

It is also a re­minder that te reo is for ev­ery­one, not justMa¯ori, Keeri says.

Prin­ci­pal Tui Rolleston says she was very proud of the pupils.

“It’s quite neat to ac­tu­ally see them be­ing able to get en­gaged with the mu­sic and the dance and

Th‘ ‘e idea of the video is to make chil­dren aware that they are the key to the re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of te reo Kee’riSt’an­ley-

Ma¯ ori.- Kaweroa

the dig­i­tal learn­ing while ac­tu­ally do­ing it through the medium of Ma¯ori. It has been great to see them cel­e­brate it in te reo Ma¯ori.”

She says Keeri is “pretty awe­some” and amaz­ing.

“She is like a young gun teacher and we have a few at the school.”

Te Kura O Mat­apihi has a school roll of about 160.

■ MADE Awards en­able school stu­dents to share their work with a wide au­di­ence. Mat­apihi School is a fi­nal­ist in the mu­sic video cat­e­gory (Year 4-6), to be an­nounced at Bay­court on Novem­ber 16.

Te Ma¯ngai Pa¯ho is a Gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tive pro­mot­ing Ma¯ori lan­guage and cul­ture. Mat­apihi School has al­ready won $2000 for the pri­mary school cat­e­gory. Keeri says the money will be used to throw a VIP party for the main video par­tic­i­pants and con­trib­ute to their end of year class­room trip. The grand prize win­ner will be an­nounced at the end of this month, with a top prize of $10,000.

PHOTO/John Bor­ren

Mat­apihi School has cre­ated a mu­sic video about te reo Ma¯ori. From left is Maia Moss, Keeri Stan­ley-Kaweroa (teacher), Maioha Mer­rit­tMc­don­ald and En­chant’d Quinn.

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