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Maori language week all about the kai

Jul 3rd, 2010 | By | Category: Diversity, Front Page Layout, Latest News

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ANNE Thorp (above) was an obvious choice to feature in Maori Language Week next week.

The theme this year is “te mahi kai” (the language of food) and the Maori “queen of cuisine”, as she’s advertised on her website, will be running demonstrations on how to cook and serve kai.

The Maori TV cooking presenter will be serving chili kutai (green-lipped mussels), titi orzo (mutton bird pasta) and paua risotto.

Eating is a necessity for us all, says Anne, and she sees cooking as a great way to introduce to te reo to everyone.

“Maori Language Week may encourage Maori who don’t use the language and other cultures to give it a go,” she says.

The chef believes providing people with tools to incorporate te reo into their daily life is a great way to widen and promote the language.

“For me, Maori Language Week is about tackling te reo in innovative ways and encouraging the use of small and simple phrases or words and place names for people who regularly don’t, or never, speak te reo, so they can take part with confidence and enjoyment.”

Anne hopes her demonstration will leave people with the inspiration to go home and cook and start using te reo.

The special week has been celebrated for more than 30 years, but Anne would like to see te reo as a compulsory subject in schools from an early age.

“In my opinion, one week put aside for te reo is clearly not enough when it’s an official language.”

Maori Language Week runs from Monday (until August 1), starting in Midland Park, Wellington, at noon with a celebrity cook-off led by Maori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples.

You can catch Anne’s Wellington demonstration on July 28, but will need to register by phoning (04) 499-4444.

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