Te Reo champions speaking at the library

To celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori, Maori Language Week, a series of talks by champions of the language in the community are being held over three days at Te Whare Pukapuka o HB Williams, the HB Williams Memorial Library.

The lunchtime talk sessions, called He Reo Korero, began yesterday and run until Thursday, with a guest speaker each day at noon.

He Reo Korero is showcasing three local reo Maori champions. All kaikorero (speakers) have made a career out of their passion and dedication to the revitalisation of te reo Maori.

Gisborne District Council Maori engagement co-ordinator Whitiaua Ropitini said the theme of each speaker would vary around various topics from personal journeys with te reo, to what is Tairawhiti reo? and second language learner trials and triumphs.

“The series is dedicated to inspiring the community and others to continue the revival and re-energising of our language.

“We will dedicate He Reo Korero to the late Ngamako Allen (Mako), who was a long-serving staff member of the library.”

The sessions began yesterday with guest speaker Tui Vazey of Ngai Tamanuhiri, Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga a Mahaki and Ngati Porou.

She is a science and maths teacher in the wharekura (secondary school) of Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Horouta Wananga.

Today’s guest speaker is Anthony Ruru of Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Ngati Porou and the many iwi of Te Tairawhiti. He is a tutor at Te Wananga o Aotearoa.

The concluding speaker tomorrow will be Tapunga Nepe of Rongowhakaata and Te Tairawhiti whanui. He is a kaitiaki Maori at Te Whare Taonga o Te Tairawhiti, the museum.

To celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori, Maori Language Week, a series of talks by champions of the language in the community are being held over three days at Te Whare Pukapuka o HB Williams, the HB Williams Memorial Library.

The lunchtime talk sessions, called He Reo Korero, began yesterday and run until Thursday, with a guest speaker each day at noon.

He Reo Korero is showcasing three local reo Maori champions. All kaikorero (speakers) have made a career out of their passion and dedication to the revitalisation of te reo Maori.

Gisborne District Council Maori engagement co-ordinator Whitiaua Ropitini said the theme of each speaker would vary around various topics from personal journeys with te reo, to what is Tairawhiti reo? and second language learner trials and triumphs.

“The series is dedicated to inspiring the community and others to continue the revival and re-energising of our language.

“We will dedicate He Reo Korero to the late Ngamako Allen (Mako), who was a long-serving staff member of the library.”

The sessions began yesterday with guest speaker Tui Vazey of Ngai Tamanuhiri, Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga a Mahaki and Ngati Porou.

She is a science and maths teacher in the wharekura (secondary school) of Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Horouta Wananga.

Today’s guest speaker is Anthony Ruru of Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Ngati Porou and the many iwi of Te Tairawhiti. He is a tutor at Te Wananga o Aotearoa.

The concluding speaker tomorrow will be Tapunga Nepe of Rongowhakaata and Te Tairawhiti whanui. He is a kaitiaki Maori at Te Whare Taonga o Te Tairawhiti, the museum.

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