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As part of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori celebrations, Māori waiata
(songs) will be heard throughout the lower levels of Te Aka Mauri at lunch time
on Thursday 13 September and members of the public are invited to join in.
A group of local performers, made up mainly of staff from
Rotorua Library and Rotorua Lakes Council, will be singing waiata from
12.15-12.45pm in the Community Pride Space on the Ground Floor at Te Aka
Mauri. The performers are all at
different learning levels with some having grown up surrounded by waiata and
others being new to te reo Māori and to singing.
The words to each waiata will be up on the big screen and
members of the public are encouraged to have a go and sing along whether the
songs are familiar or not.
“It would be great if people would join in”, says Library
Director Jane Gilbert. “We’ve got some really well known waiata that are known
throughout Aotearoa and also many that are specific to Te Arawa”.
The Waiata group practices weekly in their lunch breaks and is
looking forward to sharing its’ favourite waiata with library visitors on Thursday.
One of the group members, Rotorua Library Kaiurungi
Mātauranga Māori Anahera Sadler, says that “Singing is a great way of bringing
people together and adding a bit of joy and aroha (love) into people’s day”.
Anahera is looking forward to staff and members of the public
coming together as one whānau (family) to support the same kaupapa (initiative),
the use of te reo Māori throughout Rotorua, in all public spaces and everywhere.
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.
During Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, 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 every week. Whether you just want to
listen or can’t help but join in, bring your lunch and your enthusiasm and
prepare to be entertained. The event is free and no booking is required.
To find out about the range of events happening in Rotorua
celebrating Te Wiki o te Reo Māori visit www.rotorualakescouncil.nz/tewikiotereo
Waiata Mai Rotorua - Sing Together
Date: Thursday 13 September, 12.15-12.45pm
Venue: Community Pride Space, Papatū - Ground Floor, Te Aka Mauri – Rotorua Library
Cost/Booking: Free. No booking required.