Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori: Māori Language Week at the Library
Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori 2018 is being celebrated at Rotorua Library Te Aka Mauri next week with an array of activities for both children and adults. Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori runs from Monday 10 to Sunday 16 September and the theme 'Kia Kaha te Reo Māori' has the aim of making the Māori language strong.
"Te reo Māori is a language full of rich stories, nuances, spirituality, humour and connection uniquely derived from Aotearoa and in our community context, guided by Te Arawa and specific to Rotorua" explains Rotorua Library Kaiurungi Mātauranga Māori Anahera Sadler. "Learning te reo Māori gives people access to te ao Māori (the Māori world) and to Māori world views".
People are encouraged to take advantage of the many opportunities on offer to hear te reo Māori being spoken, to use te reo Māori, to develop their own understanding, and to contribute to revitalising te reo Māori during the week.
Among the events designed to celebrate and nurture te reo Māori is the regular te reo Māori story and craft time for under-fives, He Aka Pikirangi, which is held on Mondays during school term from 10.30-11.30am. Launched in June 2018, Youth and Early Learning Support Hannah Swale says numbers at He Aka Pikirangi are steadily growing as parents and caregivers take advantage of a chance to immerse their tamariki and themselves in te reo Māori in a fun and stimulating way.
Rotorua Mum Jenny Chapman will launch her new tri-lingual books Speak to me, Kōrero Mai at a fun-filled children's story event, Ngā Reo e Toru - The Three Languages, on Wednesday 12 September at 11am. Her books are in te reo Māori, NZ Sign Language and English and empower children to communicate in all three languages.
A new initiative being launched during Te Wiki o te Reo Māori is an informal, weekly meet-up providing a supportive environment for learners at all levels to speak in and practice te reo Māori. The inaugual Kapu Tī Kōrero – Kōrero over the tea cups will be held on Monday 10 September at 11am. Free sessions which are open to all will then be held each Monday at the later time of 11.30am from 17 September.
Teachers looking for a meaningful way to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori with their students are invited to book their class group in for Māngai Mātauranga - A Living Book session with MP Tamati Coffey on Friday 14 September from 10.30-11.30am. Children will be able to guide the session, ask the questions, and find out more about the life experience and te reo Māori journey of our local Māori MP.
Rotorua Library Te Aka Mauri Events:
- He Aka Pikirangi: Monday 10 September, 10.30-11.30am. Gold coin koha. No booking required.
- Kapu Tī Kōrero – Kōrero over the Tea Cups: Monday 10 September, 11am-12pm. Free. No booking required.
- He Taonga, He Kiriata - Treasures of Film: Tuesday 11 September, 2-3pm. Free. Please RSVP online.
- Ngā Reo E Toru – The Three Languages: Wednesday 12 September, 11am-12pm. Free. No booking required.
- Waiata Mai Rotorua (Sing Together): Thursday 13 September, 12.15 - 12.45pm. Free. No booking required.
- Māngai Mātauranga (Living Book) with MP Tamati Coffey: Friday 14 September, 10.30 – 11.30am. Free. Booking essential. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Rotorua Library.
Rotorua Library Te Aka Mauri supports the reorua (bilingual) stance spearheaded by Rotorua Lakes Council and is committed to raising the visibility of te reo Māori in our spaces by encouraging our community to elevate and celebrate te reo.
Anahera welcomes everyone to come along for the events. "We would love you and your whānau to join us. We are all in the process of learning so let's learn together Rotorua! Come and fall in love with te reo Māori at Te Aka Mauri".
For further information about the events at Rotorua Library Te Aka Mauri visit our events page.
To find out about the range of events happening in Rotorua celebrating Te Wiki o te Reo Māori visit www.rotorualakescouncil.nz/tewikiotereo or check out the latest Spring 2018 Rotorua Events Calendar.