Local kura sings for Māori language week

Published on 12 September 2023


Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori brought the waiata of schoolchildren to the Ōamaru Public Library on Tuesday lunchtime this week.

Te Pākihi o Maru school brought their kapa haka group for a harmonic and enthusiastic performance which included Nga Iwi E and Manu Tiria to an audience of parents, children and library visitors.

The Ōamaru school also featured in the Library’s last year’s Maori Language Week events, and Lisa Jane Potaka-Ross of Waitaki District Libraries was delighted with their return performance, saying, “Ka rawe tamariki! It’s been wonderful to have these talented students visit us and give us the gift of their kapa haka performances and beautiful singing voices”

Tumuaki Tuarua of Te Pākihi o Maru, Sara Jones-Hogan says: “We are very lucky, and very proud, to have such amazing students to work with at our kura. This group will be performing at Polyfest in Dunedin this week, so it has been a pleasure to share their waiata with the community.”

The Library thanked the group by presenting them with Te Wiki of Te Reo Māori badges.

This year’s Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori is focusing on the Māori Language Moment on Thursday 14 September at midday. That marks the moment the Māori Language Petition was handed to Parliament in 1972, on what was then Māori Language Day but what we now know as Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori.