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Taking up the wero of Māori Language Week

Kia ora tātou! Here at Eldernet we’ve been getting some ka pai reports of what various villages and facilities around the country are doing to mark Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori / Māori Language Week.

As the photos show, staff and residents at CHT Hillcrest Hospital in Mangere took up the wero (challenge) of the week by playing Scrabble in te reo Māori, learning one new Māori word a day and also putting together pepeha, or formal introductions, that tell the story of the places and people a person is connnected to. Staff will end the week with a kapa haka performance for residents.

Elsewhere, residents of Diana Isaac Retirement Village in Christchurch have an opportunity to learn karakia and waiata (prayers and songs), take a deep dive into the meaning of Māori words and learn te reo alternatives for everyday items such as TV and telephone.

In the Eldernet office, we have set ourselves the challenge of using te reo in our greetings and conversation where possible. To help, we had a session on Monday morning on pronunciation and everyday phrases we can use. If you call us this week or we call you, expect a hearty ‘Kia ora’!

  • What are you doing to mark Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori / Māori Language Week? Let us know through the ‘Comment’ box below.

About Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson
Mark Wilson is Content Creator and Publication Lead at Eldernet and Care Publications. Mark has been a senior journalist and editor for several publishers, notably The Press and its then parent company, Fairfax Media. He has a wide range of experience in newspapers, magazines and online publishing. When not at work, he enjoys walking Olive the dog along New Brighton beach and exploring Te Wai Pounamu/South Island with his partner, Lee, in their trusty 4WD.

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