CPIT's week of Māori Language

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24 Jul 2015

Māori Language Week (Te Wiki o Te Reo) is an annual, national event where we recognise and celebrate our Māori culture.

CPIT has a week of events and activities planned from 27 to 31 July designed to make everyone expand their knowledge of Māori language.

Manu Whata, Te Kaiwhakauru Māori/Māori Engagement Officer, says the purpose of the week is toincrease awareness of Maori language and culture at CPIT, as well as to increase use of Māori language.

"Māori Language Week is a time in which we can celebrate not only the language itself, but also the important role that Te Reo Māori plays when it comes to its people and their identity," he says. "We have the opportunity to promote all the positives around Māori culture and language. And the best thing is, we not only target just Māori, but we get to engage and raise awareness with the wider community of New Zealand."

The theme for Māori Language Week 2015 is 'Supporting parents in nurturing Te reo Māori to their children'.

"This year, the main kaupapa is all about how we as Māori can better support parents in either pursuing Te Reo or creating resources and areas where they can enrich their children's lives with this precious taonga," he says.

"Things are not going to miraculously change overnight but the point is, if we can change the vision of one person with in a family then we are on the right path to making a better future for that family."

This year's events start on Monday July 27 with an opening involving cultural performances from Te Puna Wanaka staff and students, as well as students from Te Waka Huruhurumanu ki Otautahi.

CPIT's library will be running an event to learn about macrons and the Māori language, while traditional Māori cuisine, an "Iwi Off" where iwi groups compete to perform the best song, and ki-o-rahi matches will also be on offer throughout the week. This event has proved very popular in the last few years.

Second year Māori Language Indigenous Studies students will be presenting panel presentations throughout the week on a range of engaging subjects, such as "Reviving Te Reo through the eyes of our ancestors; business, lifestyle, tourism and arts."

Another highlight will be a visit from three tattoo artists trained in the traditional art of tāmoko, or Māori tattooing. Students and staff will be able to learn about the practice from tattoo artists and even get a tattoo of their own, either permanent or temporary, if they wish.

Māori Language Week also coincides with The Return at CPIT, so students will have plenty to do around both our Madras St Campus and CPIT Trades. A tiki necklace will be passed around Campus from person to person with an exchange of Te Reo between people. Look out for the necklace on Campus and be prepared with your Māori language phrase to receive He Tiki.

"The week is full of activities for students, staff, and most of all, the community," Whata says.

For information about Māori Language Week events at CPIT see www.cpit.ac.nz/news-and-events or phone 0800 24 24 76.

Manu Whata, Te Kaiwhakauru Māori/Māori Engagement Officer, says the purpose of the week is toincrease awareness of Maori language and culture at CPIT, as well as to increase use of Māori language.

"Māori Language Week is a time in which we can celebrate not only the language itself, but also the important role that Te Reo Māori plays when it comes to its people and their identity," he says. "We have the opportunity to promote all the positives around Māori culture and language. And the best thing is, we not only target just Māori, but we get to engage and raise awareness with the wider community of New Zealand."

The theme for Māori Language Week 2015 is 'Supporting parents in nurturing Te reo Māori to their children'.

"This year, the main kaupapa is all about how we as Māori can better support parents in either pursuing Te Reo or creating resources and areas where they can enrich their children's lives with this precious taonga," he says.

"Things are not going to miraculously change overnight but the point is, if we can change the vision of one person with in a family then we are on the right path to making a better future for that family."

This year's events start on Monday July 27 with an opening involving cultural performances from Te Puna Wanaka staff and students, as well as students from Te Waka Huruhurumanu ki Otautahi.

CPIT's library will be running an event to learn about macrons and the Māori language, while traditional Māori cuisine, an "Iwi Off" where iwi groups compete to perform the best song, and ki-o-rahi matches will also be on offer throughout the week. This event has proved very popular in the last few years.

Second year Māori Language Indigenous Studies students will be presenting panel presentations throughout the week on a range of engaging subjects, such as "Reviving Te Reo through the eyes of our ancestors; business, lifestyle, tourism and arts."

Another highlight will be a visit from three tattoo artists trained in the traditional art of tāmoko, or Māori tattooing. Students and staff will be able to learn about the practice from tattoo artists and even get a tattoo of their own, either permanent or temporary, if they wish.

Māori Language Week also coincides with The Return at CPIT, so students will have plenty to do around both our Madras St Campus and CPIT Trades. A tiki necklace will be passed around Campus from person to person with an exchange of Te Reo between people. Look out for the necklace on Campus and be prepared with your Māori language phrase to receive He Tiki.

"The week is full of activities for students, staff, and most of all, the community," Whata says.

For information about Māori Language Week events at CPIT see www.cpit.ac.nz/news-and-events or phone 0800 24 24 76.