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Central Hawke's Bay Celebrates Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori

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Rāpare 6 Mahuru / Thursday 6 September

Next week is Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week (10-16 September). Ko te kaupapa i tēnei tau ko ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori (the theme this year is ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong’).

“This week, we encourage the community to start introducing a little bit of te reo Māori into your day,” said Chief Executive Monique Davidson.

“It might just be greeting your family with “Mōrena” (morning) or you might be confident to ask someone “e pēhea ana tō ra?” (how is your day going?). Ahakoa iti, ākona, kōrerotia - learn a little, use a little – our goal is that the community feel like they can give it a go.”

A number of activities are being held across Central Hawke’s Bay to encourage the community to learn and use Māori more throughout their day. This includes after-school activities for children at our Libraries, such as poi making or ‘Te Reo Rhyme Time’ and a colouring competition in the CHB Mail.

Council has partnered with cafes in Waipawa and Waipukurau to encourage customers to order their coffee in te reo Māori. A guide for customers on how to order their morning dose of caffeine has been provided and lots of positive words of encouragement will be given from staff. Ka pai! You will be an expert by the end of the week.

The community can also receive updates, including a Kupu (word) of the day by following the Council Facebook page.

“Te Wiki o te reo Māori is a great way for us to remember that e ora ngātahi ana – together we thrive.”

Maori Activities

7 September 2018

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