Te Wananga recog­nises te reo achieve­ments

Bush Telegraph - - FOCUS ON DANNEVIRKE - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

Thurs­day, Novem­ber 15 was a sig­nif­i­cant day for Te Wananga O Ta­maki Nui A Rua and te reo be­cause it cel­e­brated the achieve­ment of more than 20 stu­dents, all of whom had achieved cer­tifi­cates for stud­ies of te reo.

The cer­e­mony was held at The Hub and a gath­er­ing of 50 grad­u­ates and friends en­joyed a pre­sen­ta­tion of the cer­tifi­cates and a sup­per catered for by the Work­force De­vel­op­ment Cater­ing stu­dents.

First to be recog­nised were mem­bers of lo­cal church groups who had been in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in a UCOL In­tro­duc­tion to Te Reo course held over 10 weeks. It in­volved the in­tro­duc­tion to Ma¯ ori cul­ture and the cor­rect pro­nun­ci­a­tion of the lan­guage.

Dr Brid­get Percy, UCOL head of school, said she was pleased to come over from Palmer­ston North to cel­e­brate this new ini­tia­tive in Dan­nevirke.

The sec­ond group of grad­u­ates gained EIT cer­tifi­cates for achiev­ing level one and level two stud­ies in te reo — the lan­guage. This was a six month course, one day a week with some im­mer­sion week­ends.

Head of Ma¯ ori Stud­ies at EIT, Puti Nuku, said she was de­lighted to at­tend this grad­u­a­tion, one of six scat­tered around the re­gion.

In ad­di­tion to the pre­sen­ta­tions Ta­mai Ni­chol­son in­vited Eva Wright to present cer­tifi­cates to par­tic­i­pat­ing schools in the suc­cess­ful kapa haka com­pe­ti­tion held in Septem­ber.

EIT Cer­tifi­cate winners for level one and two te reo with EIT head of Ma¯ ori Stud­ies Puti Nuku (sec­ond from left) and tu­tor Ta­mai Ni­chol­son (right).

In­tro­duc­tion to Te Reo cer­tifi­cate winners with head of UCOL Dr Brid­get Percy (left) and tu­tor Ta­mai Ni­chol­son (sec­ond from right).

He­len Col­lier, hold­ing flow­ers from her school St Joseph’s Pri­mary, cel­e­brates with Ta­mai her level two cer­tifi­cate in te reo.

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