Keeping Maori language alive

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PUPILS of St Patrick’s School in Invercargill joined more than one million people across the country taking part in Te Wa Tuku Reo Maori, (the Maori Language Moment), earlier this week.

At noon on Monday, about 300 children from Years 1 to 6, took part in a haka at the school, as part of Te Wiki o te Reo Maori (Maori Language Week).

Teacher Nicola Gaines said the moment was very important as te reo Maori was the language of Aotearoa.

“We are celebrating it [te reo] and keeping the Maori culture alive and the kids loved to be part of it.”

Among the children were Kiaua Ngaiuea (left, 10) and Tukitearterry Te Patu (8), who had fun performing.

Photo: Luisa Girao

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