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Maori Language Week takes to city streets

Jul 27th, 2009 | By | Category: Diversity, Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

THE POWERFUL sounds of Maori Kapa Haka echoed around Manners Mall during Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori.

Students from Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Nga Mokopuna in Seatoun treated those passing by with a performance in celebration of Maori Language Week.

The group’s teacher Whaea Venus Ihakara says events like these contribute to Maori culture gaining a higher profile.

“It is a good opportunity for our students to come into the community and be seen,” says Venus.

This year’s Maori Language week theme is Te Reo i Te Hapori (Maori Language in the community).

Wellington City Council Treaty relations manager Niki Karu says her friends who live overseas are amazed at how widely accepted te reo Maori is in New Zealand.

“When they come to visit and they see the way our media continue to embrace Te Reo Maori they are just blown away,” says Niki.

“You don’t get that in Australia.”

Student Renee Temara, 16, said the opportunity to perform in public was “cool”.

Maori Language week is celebrated in New Zealand from July 27 to August 3, with many events happening in different cities.

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