children at Kidsfirst Kindergarten Alexandra are bringing the language of Aotearoa alive from a young age.
For Maori Language Week, the children presented a series of waiata and a haka to pupils from nearby Alexandra Primary School.
Teacher Gayle Taucher said te reo Maori was integrated into their programme all year round, but they had made a conscious effort to have kapa haka every week leading up to Maori Language Week.
‘‘That has been really popular with the children, and some of the older ones are becoming leaders through it and enjoying the haka.’’
Te reo Maori was the basis of Maori tradition.
‘‘It is crucial for children to learn that there is more than one official language in New Zealand.’’
Integrating Maori at a young age was useful ‘‘because they are such sponges’’ and could absorb other languages easily.
‘‘They love it, it keeps their brains ticking over.’’
Te Wiki o te Reo Maori
Kia ora koutou.
Readers of The News will today notice a fresh phrase on the front page as they sip their kawhe and sit down for a read.
To mark Te Wiki o te Reo Maori (Maori Language Week), all Allied Press community newspapers will carry a te reo Maori message above their mastheads.
‘‘Kei te pu o to hapori’’ translates as: ‘‘At the heart of your community.’’
It’s an important message, and it’s important we celebrate te reo Maori this week.