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    Kura Reo – April 2020

    Last week I was honoured to attend a Kura Reo in Christchurch. A kura reo is a week long full immersion Māori language school facilitated by the prominent Māori language experts in NZ. Tā Tīmoti Karetu was present at the Kura Reo. Tā Tīmoti was one of the creators of Kura Reo and of Te Panekiretanga o te Reo – The highest level of Reo Māori achievement, so having him attend was a huge bonus.
    Pānia Papa and Leon Blake who took over as Kaiako for Te Panekiretanga o te Reo were kaiako at the Kura Reo. Rangi Mataamua the prominent expert on Māori astronomy was a kaiako, so were TV Personality couple Scotty and Stacey Morrison. Kai Tahu dialect expert Hana O’Regan was another kaiako and the group was rounded off with an exceptional young woman who is also my own whanaunga – relative – Ruth Smith. Ruth is another graduate of Te Panekiretanga o te reo. While I have a long way to go on my own Te Reo journey, attending Kura Reo along side the highest exponents of the Māori language is truly an honour and the best opportunity for those wanting to pursue Te Reo Māori excellence. Nōku te whiwhi! I felt so lucky!

    Me and Emily in front of the Wharenui of Tuahiwi Marae
    Debate time with the kaiako judging panel looking on
    Kaiako Leon Blake with Tā Tīmoti Karetu in attendance

    Kōrerotia Class – Week 10 – April 2021

    This week was the last week of the first 10 Week cycle for 2021.
    The cycle finished with a wero – challenge – called Taku Kōrero – My story. For this exercise, each student constructs a story about either a pet or a member of the family. The story consists of sentence patterns learned throughout the previous 9 weeks.

    Paulina, Alison, Larissa and Kathleen were the brave souls that were happy to recite their kōrero.

    He Poho Kererū!

    Citizenship Ceremony – April 2021

    This week our Waiatatia group were honoured to be invited to sing Waiata at the Citizenship Ceremony at Memorial Hall. This was the first Citizenship Ceremony since the Covid Lock down last year, so it was an important day for a lot of people. Over 60 new citizens were welcomed to our beautiful country of Aotearoa.

    Our first waiata, Te Pū, we performed as a haunting arcapella version as we moved into position in front of the stage. This waiata tells the creation story, from the nothing… to beginning of man-kind.

    Our second waiata, Te iwi e, has been one of our main go-to waiata that we like to sing as a welcome to the event/hui.

    Our last waiata, Ko te Waipounamu, is a song that recognises the local iwi and welcomes one and all to the beautiful South Island.

    Ka nui aku mihi ki ngā manu tioriori o te rōpū Waiatatia. He reka rawa atu ō koutou reo waiata.

    Harakeke Display – March 2021

    Tēnā koutou e hika mā

    The other weekend our Level 5 Te Reo Māori class had another noho marae at Invercargill. On the same weekend that we were in Invercargill, we were very fortunate that there was also a Raranga Harakeke (Flax weaving) exhibition on at the same time at the Mīharo gallery.

    On display were the many taonga (treasures) weaved by Whaea Wini Solomon. Wini was there at the gallery with many of the other kai raranga (weavers) showcasing their exceptional talents. Our group was very humbled to mihi to Wini and the group, and to perform a number of action songs for them.

    He kotuku rerenga tahi – A special occasion indeed

    Library Class – 25 Feb 2021

    Tēnā koutou,
    Another great class at the Frankton Library this week. Really good interest again with lots of people attending both the absolute beginner and advance beginner class. Great engagement and interaction with a fantastic group of people. With the absolute beginner class we wrapped up the descriptive sentence pattern using DDT. The advanced beginner class was very tricky this week where we covered the topic of multiple possessives. We worked through the examples slowly, making sure to break down each of the tricky parts to eventually come to the right answers

    All round another great class. Looking forward to the next one which will hopefully be a little easier.