Parade and film to celebrate week

FESTIVITIES FOR TE REO: The parade to celebrate te reo Maori ended at Kelvin Park where the crowd was treated to entertainment and a public screening of the Disney movie Moana: Reo Maori.

Leaders and elders led the parade, and the kaupapa, to celebrate te reo Maori as part of Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori. This year’s theme is ‘‘Kia kaha te reo Maori — let’s make the Maori language strong’’.
CELEBRATION OF TE REO: A parade of over a thousand people walked through the Gisborne CBD yesterday to celebrate te reo Maori. The community hikoi was part of Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori, Maori Language Week, and one of five parades happening in the country this week. Whanau, iwi, local organisations and the public took part. The hikoi started at Cobden Street, moved along Gladstone Road to Peel Street, and ended at Kelvin Park where the festivities continued with entertainment and a screening of Disney movie Moana: Reo Maori. Story page 3Picture by Liam Clayton

A festive celebration of te reo Maori, and te reo of Te Tairawhiti, was in the streets of Turanganui a Kiwa, Gisborne yesterday.

More than a thousand people took part in a special hikoi (parade) to celebrate te reo Maori, as part of Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori - Maori Language Week 2018.

Haka and waiata resounded throughout the streets, while banners were raised with te reo Maori phrases, encouraging people to korero and embrace the language.

There were banners representing the many kohanga reo, schools and early childhood centres that took part.

The parade began in Cobden Street outside the Eastern Institute of Technology’s Toihoukura and Whatukura schools, then moved along Gladstone Road to Peel Street and Kelvin Park.

Festivities continued at Kelvin Park, with entertainment, a sausage sizzle and a live screening of the te reo Maori version of the Disney movie Moana, which was also the theme of the hikoi.

Many of the tamariki (children) and whanau (families) dressed up as the main characters of the movie, Moana and Maui, and prizes were awarded for best dressed.

Before the movie, the crowd sang in celebration the waiata Whakarongo ki te reo Maori, written by renowned composer, Maori language advocate and co-founder of te reo learning programme Te Ataarangi, the late Ngoi Pewhairangi of Tokomaru Bay.

It was a tribute to those who have worked tirelessly in the revitalisation of the language, as well as being a message for people today.

This year’s theme for Maori Language Week is ‘‘Kia kaha te reo Maori - Let’s make the language strong’’, and that strength was displayed by the strong turnout.

MC for the day Matai Rangi Smith said the event was a first for Gisborne.

“This is so awesome. We have wardens, traffic control and fire brigade all working together, and we are all walking together. Ko te reo te take — the reason, the purpose, is the reo.”

Tairawhiti leader Derek Lardelli, an ambassador for Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori 2018, was one of many who took part in the parade.

In keeping the language alive, his message was simple.

“It’s as simple as saying ‘Kia ora’ and supporting the kaupapa in any way you can.”

Gisborne Mayor Meng Foon was also in the hikoi and encouraged everyone to speak the language every day.

“Kia kaha ki te korero Maori, i nga wa katoa — Be strong in speaking Maori, always.

“Kia kaha ki te korero te reo o te Tairawhiti, i nga wa katoa — Be strong in speaking the language of Tairawhiti, always.”

A festive celebration of te reo Maori, and te reo of Te Tairawhiti, was in the streets of Turanganui a Kiwa, Gisborne yesterday.

More than a thousand people took part in a special hikoi (parade) to celebrate te reo Maori, as part of Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori - Maori Language Week 2018.

Haka and waiata resounded throughout the streets, while banners were raised with te reo Maori phrases, encouraging people to korero and embrace the language.

There were banners representing the many kohanga reo, schools and early childhood centres that took part.

The parade began in Cobden Street outside the Eastern Institute of Technology’s Toihoukura and Whatukura schools, then moved along Gladstone Road to Peel Street and Kelvin Park.

Festivities continued at Kelvin Park, with entertainment, a sausage sizzle and a live screening of the te reo Maori version of the Disney movie Moana, which was also the theme of the hikoi.

Many of the tamariki (children) and whanau (families) dressed up as the main characters of the movie, Moana and Maui, and prizes were awarded for best dressed.

Before the movie, the crowd sang in celebration the waiata Whakarongo ki te reo Maori, written by renowned composer, Maori language advocate and co-founder of te reo learning programme Te Ataarangi, the late Ngoi Pewhairangi of Tokomaru Bay.

It was a tribute to those who have worked tirelessly in the revitalisation of the language, as well as being a message for people today.

This year’s theme for Maori Language Week is ‘‘Kia kaha te reo Maori - Let’s make the language strong’’, and that strength was displayed by the strong turnout.

MC for the day Matai Rangi Smith said the event was a first for Gisborne.

“This is so awesome. We have wardens, traffic control and fire brigade all working together, and we are all walking together. Ko te reo te take — the reason, the purpose, is the reo.”

Tairawhiti leader Derek Lardelli, an ambassador for Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori 2018, was one of many who took part in the parade.

In keeping the language alive, his message was simple.

“It’s as simple as saying ‘Kia ora’ and supporting the kaupapa in any way you can.”

Gisborne Mayor Meng Foon was also in the hikoi and encouraged everyone to speak the language every day.

“Kia kaha ki te korero Maori, i nga wa katoa — Be strong in speaking Maori, always.

“Kia kaha ki te korero te reo o te Tairawhiti, i nga wa katoa — Be strong in speaking the language of Tairawhiti, always.”

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