Parade celebrating Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori starts from Cobden St at 10am

Fun activities for tamariki and whanau when parade arrives at Kelvin Park

Fun activities for tamariki and whanau when parade arrives at Kelvin Park

The big event for this year’s Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori celebrations is a community parade tomorrow.

Local organisations have come together to organise the parade, which will run through the Gisborne CBD in support of the revitalisation of te reo Maori.

The focus is to celebrate te reo in a whanau-friendly and entertaining manner, whether that be through singing waiata, performing haka or sharing korero among one another.

Iwi of Tairawhiti, Turanga FM, Gisborne District Council, kura, schools, kohanga reo, early childhood centres, Police, St John, Fire and Emergency NZ, Te Puni Kokiri and Te Wananga o Aotearoa are all “on board the waka”.

The parade will start from Cobden Street at 10am, and will proceed along Gladstone Road and end at Kelvin Park, where there will be a number of activities for tamariki and whanau.

Organisers have extended an invitation to all kura, schools, puna reo, kohanga reo and early childhood centres to participate in the festivities of the day.

There will be live entertainment and guest speakers, and a special screening of the Disney movie, Moana: Reo Maori at Kelvin Park after the parade.

Organisers have asked that all participating groups meet at Cobden Street at 9.15am, and no later than 9.30am so they can be ready to depart at 10am.

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

There will be a bus drop-off point at Palmerston Road, so participants can make their way to Cobden Street and prepare to hikoi with their friends and whanau.

While it is planned to be a fun day, organisers have also emphasised that the safety of tamariki is paramount. They ask that parents, caregivers and minders keep a watchful eye over their tamariki throughout the day.

The council will be closing off both sides of Gladstone Road for the duration of the parade, which should take about 30 minutes. There will be police presence as well as assistance from Maori Wardens.

There is a Moana and Maui theme (from the Moana movie) and spot prizes will be given out on the day for the following sections; best dressed roopu (group), best dressed individuals (x5), best banner, best karanga (call), best waiata, best haka and best presentation of the overall theme of Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori, which is ‘Kia kaha te reo Maori — Let’s make the Maori language strong’.

There will also be a sausage sizzle lunch provided. The programme will end at 1pm, to allow time for children to be picked up and returned to their schools.

The big event for this year’s Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori celebrations is a community parade tomorrow.

Local organisations have come together to organise the parade, which will run through the Gisborne CBD in support of the revitalisation of te reo Maori.

The focus is to celebrate te reo in a whanau-friendly and entertaining manner, whether that be through singing waiata, performing haka or sharing korero among one another.

Iwi of Tairawhiti, Turanga FM, Gisborne District Council, kura, schools, kohanga reo, early childhood centres, Police, St John, Fire and Emergency NZ, Te Puni Kokiri and Te Wananga o Aotearoa are all “on board the waka”.

The parade will start from Cobden Street at 10am, and will proceed along Gladstone Road and end at Kelvin Park, where there will be a number of activities for tamariki and whanau.

Organisers have extended an invitation to all kura, schools, puna reo, kohanga reo and early childhood centres to participate in the festivities of the day.

There will be live entertainment and guest speakers, and a special screening of the Disney movie, Moana: Reo Maori at Kelvin Park after the parade.

Organisers have asked that all participating groups meet at Cobden Street at 9.15am, and no later than 9.30am so they can be ready to depart at 10am.

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

There will be a bus drop-off point at Palmerston Road, so participants can make their way to Cobden Street and prepare to hikoi with their friends and whanau.

While it is planned to be a fun day, organisers have also emphasised that the safety of tamariki is paramount. They ask that parents, caregivers and minders keep a watchful eye over their tamariki throughout the day.

The council will be closing off both sides of Gladstone Road for the duration of the parade, which should take about 30 minutes. There will be police presence as well as assistance from Maori Wardens.

There is a Moana and Maui theme (from the Moana movie) and spot prizes will be given out on the day for the following sections; best dressed roopu (group), best dressed individuals (x5), best banner, best karanga (call), best waiata, best haka and best presentation of the overall theme of Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori, which is ‘Kia kaha te reo Maori — Let’s make the Maori language strong’.

There will also be a sausage sizzle lunch provided. The programme will end at 1pm, to allow time for children to be picked up and returned to their schools.

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