TV star a boost for Lan­guage Week

Bush Telegraph - - NEWS - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

If you asked for a cof­fee in Ma¯ ori (kawhe) you were given one free at The Catch­ing Pen on Tues­day.

It was all part of the pro­mo­tion of Ma¯ ori

Lan­guage Week in Dan­nevirke, which started with a po¯ whiri and karakia at Makirikiri Marae and moved to an open morn­ing of ac­tiv­i­ties and en­ter­tain­ment at The


Ma¯ ori Tele­vi­sion broad­caster Te Ha­mua Nikora was the draw­card at The Catch­ing Pen Cafe´ on Tues­day. He is best known for Ho­mai Te Paki Paki and Side­walk Kareoke.

Based at Massey Univer­sity in the Puhoro Stem Academy, Te Ha­mua goes to sec­ondary schools pro­mot­ing learn­ing sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, engi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics to se­nior Ma¯ ori stu­dents.

He says get­ting young peo­ple in­volved in te reo and hav­ing it more widely ac­cepted is a step in get­ting young Ma¯ ori stu­dents in­volved in the right ca­reer path. The pro­gramme is pri­vately funded.

Te Ha­mua thanked Te Kura Kau­papa Ma¯ ori o¯ Ta­maki stu­dents and staff for the warm wel­come and com­pli­mented the Pae­wai-Mullins wha¯ nau on its TV se­ries Shear Bro.

Ma¯ ori Lan­guage Week con­cluded with a Ka­pa­haka Fes­ti­val on Fri­day.

Te Kura Kau­papa Ma¯ ori o¯ Ta­maki ka­pa­haka gave Te Ha­mua an en­thu­si­as­tic wel­come.

Te Ha­mua Nikora takes a selfie with Te Kura Kau­papa Ma¯ ori o¯ Ta­maki ka­pa­haka.

Th­ese wa¯ hine just wanted a photo.

While vis­i­tors ate lunch some stu­dents played Ma¯ ori Scrab­ble.

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