Maori Language Month

Manurewa High School is leading the nation as one of the first schools to initiate M?ori Language Month, not Week… but MONTH!

The school has many exciting events to encourage all students, staff and wh?nau to use and get involved with one of the three official languages of our country Aotearoa, New Zealand.

The theme for the month is Ng? Ingoa M?ori – M?ori Names.  It asks communities to consider important matters such as correct pronunciation, understanding the meaning of place-names and using M?ori names more often.
Here are some ways to get involved in Te Marama o Te Reo M?ori:
1)      Mihi Challenge

Get evidence of you sharing your mihi with someone to gain wh?nau points for your wh?nau!  
2)      M?ori Carving Opportunity

Mr Luzak is running a M?ori Carving course for senior students after school workshops Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Technology department throughout the duration of M?ori Language Month for those who may be keen to learn more. See Mr Luzak or Miss McCall to sign up and be a part of it.
3)      Piki Atu Haka Workshops

Do you want to learn the official school Haka? The Piki Atu Haka was first unveiled when the First XV Rugby Team toured Australia last year. Open to all staff and students, run by Mr Adlam in I3 every Period 5 on a Friday throughout M?ori Language Month. See Mr Adlam or Miss McCall for more details.
4)      It’s cool to k?rero M?ori

Get amongst Te Marama o Te Reo M?ori by trying to use this phrase this week:
Ka mau te wehi to mahi! – Awesome work!

(Car mow teh weh-he tore mah-he)
5)      Patai o Te Wiki – Question of the Week

In what year did the M?ori Language become an official language in Aotearoa?
Put your name, tutor class and answer on a piece of paper and place in the box outside the business centre for prizes and wh?nau points.
6)      Senior M?ori Achievement Dinner

This event is happening again in Week 9 of M?ori Language Month for Year 11 – 13 students. The idea is to share a dinner with our Senior M?ori Students and their wh?nau to celebrate their achievements so far. Performances and Guest Speaker on the night.
If you would like to be part of it here are the details:
Date: Thursday 4th July
Powhiri: 6pm
Cost: $10 per person – limit 4 wh?nau members per student
Letters are out this week – please see Miss McCall if you didn’t get a letter or have any queries.

If you have any questions or suggestions about Maori Language Month, please email Miss McCall [email protected].

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