Parade a joint effort for Maori Language Day

Iwi and organisations are coming together to celebrate the revitalisation of te reo Maori by holding a community parade through Gisborne during this year’s Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori, Maori Language Week (September 10-14).

The parade will be held on Friday, September 14, a joint effort organised by Tairawhiti iwi, Turanga FM, Gisborne District Council, schools and kohanga reo, police, St John Ambulance, Fire and Emergency, Te Puni Kokiri and Te Wananga o Aotearoa.

September 14 is also Maori Language Day, commemorating the presentation of the 1972 petition on the Maori language to Parliament. Hundreds of people now celebrate September as Mahuru Maori, in which they dedicate themselves to speaking only Maori.

The parade will have a “Moana and Maui” theme, and will begin at Cobden Street at 10am. It will proceed along Gladstone Road and end at Kelvin Park.

It will be one of five parades held throughout the North Island during the week. Other locations include Wellington, North Shore, Rotorua and Auckland.

When the parade arrives at Kelvin Park, there will be entertainment with live music and a DJ, and the movie ‘Moana’ (in te reo Maori) will be played on a big screen for children and families to enjoy while having their lunch. A sausage sizzle will be provided.

There will be spot prizes on the day for best dressed roopu (group), best dressed individuals, best banner, best karanga (call), best waiata, best haka, and best presentation of the 2018 Maori Language Week theme, which is Kia Kaha Te Reo Maori — Let’s Make the Maori Language Strong’.

The programme will end at 1pm, to allow time for the children to be picked up and returned to their schools.

Gisborne District Council Maori engagement co-ordinator and working group member for the parade, Whitiaua Ropitini, said the event was open to the whole community to participate.

“The parade is to celebrate and promote Maori language as a language for all of New Zealand. The parade is the first of its kind to take to our streets.

“We invite kura, schools, puna reo, kohanga reo and early childhood institutions to participate in the festivities of the day. Bring your children to hikoi (walk) with us as we sing waiata, perform haka and help celebrate our reo in a whanau-friendly and entertaining manner.”

All participating groups meet no later than 9.30am, to be ready to depart at 10.00am.

Marshalls will be on hand to help and answer any questions.

Buses will be required to drop children off in Palmerston Road, then they will make their way to Cobden Street to prepare to hikoi with their friends and whanau.

It will be the responsibility of each kura to organise vans or buses to drop off and collect tamariki.

More details on bus times and parking will be given once registered.

For safety, GDC will close off both sides of Gladstone Road for the entire duration of the parade, which should take approximately 30 minutes. There will be a police presence as well as assistance from the Maori Wardens.

Iwi and organisations are coming together to celebrate the revitalisation of te reo Maori by holding a community parade through Gisborne during this year’s Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori, Maori Language Week (September 10-14).

The parade will be held on Friday, September 14, a joint effort organised by Tairawhiti iwi, Turanga FM, Gisborne District Council, schools and kohanga reo, police, St John Ambulance, Fire and Emergency, Te Puni Kokiri and Te Wananga o Aotearoa.

September 14 is also Maori Language Day, commemorating the presentation of the 1972 petition on the Maori language to Parliament. Hundreds of people now celebrate September as Mahuru Maori, in which they dedicate themselves to speaking only Maori.

The parade will have a “Moana and Maui” theme, and will begin at Cobden Street at 10am. It will proceed along Gladstone Road and end at Kelvin Park.

It will be one of five parades held throughout the North Island during the week. Other locations include Wellington, North Shore, Rotorua and Auckland.

When the parade arrives at Kelvin Park, there will be entertainment with live music and a DJ, and the movie ‘Moana’ (in te reo Maori) will be played on a big screen for children and families to enjoy while having their lunch. A sausage sizzle will be provided.

There will be spot prizes on the day for best dressed roopu (group), best dressed individuals, best banner, best karanga (call), best waiata, best haka, and best presentation of the 2018 Maori Language Week theme, which is Kia Kaha Te Reo Maori — Let’s Make the Maori Language Strong’.

The programme will end at 1pm, to allow time for the children to be picked up and returned to their schools.

Gisborne District Council Maori engagement co-ordinator and working group member for the parade, Whitiaua Ropitini, said the event was open to the whole community to participate.

“The parade is to celebrate and promote Maori language as a language for all of New Zealand. The parade is the first of its kind to take to our streets.

“We invite kura, schools, puna reo, kohanga reo and early childhood institutions to participate in the festivities of the day. Bring your children to hikoi (walk) with us as we sing waiata, perform haka and help celebrate our reo in a whanau-friendly and entertaining manner.”

All participating groups meet no later than 9.30am, to be ready to depart at 10.00am.

Marshalls will be on hand to help and answer any questions.

Buses will be required to drop children off in Palmerston Road, then they will make their way to Cobden Street to prepare to hikoi with their friends and whanau.

It will be the responsibility of each kura to organise vans or buses to drop off and collect tamariki.

More details on bus times and parking will be given once registered.

For safety, GDC will close off both sides of Gladstone Road for the entire duration of the parade, which should take approximately 30 minutes. There will be a police presence as well as assistance from the Maori Wardens.

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