Ma¯ ori Lan­guage Week cel­e­brated


Ma¯ ori Lan­guage Week was busy from the time the first com­mu­nal karakia was held at Makirikiri Marae 9am Mon­day, Septem­ber 17 to the fi­nal prize was awarded at the kapa haka fes­ti­val on Fri­day at 3pm.

Fol­low­ing the karakia on Mon­day, fo­cus moved to The Hub where a va­ri­ety of ex­pe­ri­ences all pro­mot­ing Ma¯ ori lan­guage were run for chil­dren and adults. There were mix and match games for the puz­zlers, floor Scrab­ble for the thinkers, a read­ing cor­ner for the con­tem­pla­tive and stick games for the en­er­getic.

Sev­eral adults spoke about their learn­ing of te reo through the UCOl course run by Te Wananga o Aotearoa, St S Joseph’s kapa haka gave a taste of what was to come on Fri­day and Te Kura Kau­papa Maori o Ta­maki Nui a Rua also showed why they were train­ing for the re­gional fi­nals.

Fo­cus moved to the Catch­ing Pen on Tues­day with the visit by Te Ha­mua Nikora of Maori Tele­vi­sion fame and a con­clud­ing Com­bine Karakia wound up the week on Fri­day.

One of the Ran­gi­tane o Ta­maki Nui a Rua or­gan­is­ers, Kelly Pae­wai, says: “What a thrill to see `Te Tapere Nui o Wha¯ tonga’ (the great for­est of Wha¯ tonga) on the front page of the Bush Tele­graph and a great way to start Te Wiki o Te Reo. The over­whelm­ing sup­port from the lo­cal busi­nesses in dis­play­ing the reo and par­tic­i­pat­ing in Rapu Taonga — the trea­sure hunt — made sure the event was front and cen­tre all week. Thank you also to ev­ery­one who do­nated prizes for Rapu Taonga. We will be ac­knowl­edg­ing the spon­sors and the prize win­ners in the next edi­tion of the Bush Tele­graph.

“Te Wananga o Aotearoa and UCOL helped make the day at The Hub a hit with the schools and ko­hanga reo. Ev­ery ac­tiv­ity from chal­leng­ing your­self to an­swer the phone with `Kia ora’ through to mas­ter­ing Nga¯ Ta¯ karo Taonga is about be­ing com­fort­able with us­ing one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s of­fi­cial lan­guages.

“Na¯ reira Ta­maki Nui a Rua, kia kaha tonu mai ki te ako, ki te ko­rero hoki I to` ta¯ tou reo ran­gatira ara¯ , te reo Ma¯ ori.”

STU­DENTS from St Joseph’s Pri­mary school play­ing Jenga with ques­tions in Ma¯ ori writ­ten on the blocks.

TANIWAKA Ko­hanga Reo stu­dents get­ting in­volved.

STU­DENTS play­ing Hanga Kupu (Scrab­ble).

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