EIT is to be a showcase for the Māori language next week, with daily activities celebrating and promoting te reo.

EIT’s Maori and Pasifika liaison advisor Lee Kershaw-Karaitiana says the school for Maori studies, Te Uranga Waka, will be “a vibrant hub” for Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori, with staff and students mobilising to manage the planned Maori Language Week events.

The on-campus activities, workshops and films screenings, developed in collaboration with Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori (the Maori Language Commission), are free and open to all.

What’s on:

  • Rahina (Monday), Wananga Ta Moko from 11.30am to 1pm. This tattoo workshop centred on traditional and contemporary tools will be led by Jahvan Apatu, a graduate of EIT’s Maori visual arts school Toihoukura, based on the Tairāwhiti campus.
  • Ratu (Tuesday), Pakirehua. Organised by third-year Bachelor of Arts (Maori) students, this quiz event will be hosted by Te Kura o Tawhiti at Te Uranga Waka from 11.30am to 1.30pm.
  • Raapa (Wednesday). Te kaikauhau taura Lee Smith from Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Maori will be delivering his discourse between 12.30-1.30pm in EIT’s Te Whare matoro. Traditional kai and waiata (food and music) will be available on EIT’s Oval Courtyard between midday and 1pm.
  • Rapare (Thursday). The sporting minded will be able to take part in and learn about hakinakina on Te Uranga Waka’s quad between 12pm and 1pm.
  • Ramere (Friday) features te wahanga kiriata poto (a short film session). The five films to be screened in EIT’s Lecture Theatre 1 between midday and 1pm feature Māori themes, characters and/or are the work of Maori producers.
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