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’!
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