Te Reo Maori Symoposium

Published on Monday, 4 November 2019, 9:16 a.m. Print Article

Tēnā koutou.

Recently a group of our girls attended a te reo Māori symposium. The line-up of speakers was phenomenal.

Paraone Gloyne, who now has 3000 people registered in Mahuru Maori - which is an initiative to revitalise te reo Māori by speaking for an entire month in te reo Māori. Dame Rangimarie Glavish who is most commonly known as the lady who dared say Kia ora in 1984 while a toll operator. Kapa haka tutors who are bringing kapa back to the marae, kuia who are training up and coming kaikaranga. Guyon Espiner from the Morning Show RNZ - a committed second language learner and speaker of te reo. Activist Annette Sykes who challenged us with "are you an armchair revolutionist or an activist. "A key take home for our students was realising that in spite of having Māori Language Week, Kohanga Reo, Kura Kaupapa the language could potentially die out if we do not speak it. So kia kaha tātou ki te korero Māori. 


For Māori language week, our school worked hard to learn and speak te reo Māori such as kia ora—hello, kei te pēhea koe—how are you and Ka mau te wehi—awesome. Māori Language week is a time when Aotearoa can give particular attention to speaking and learning te reo Māori.  There is no fast way to learn a new language, but everyone can start somewhere.  To celebrate Māori Language Week, we held a student run weekly quiz that was all Māori based. This was a great success as it helped students learn new
vocabulary and facts, and it was amazing to see everyone get involved with this.


Kia ora tatou,

Serenity Hikawai-Haggerty