This year we participated alongside of tamariki and whānau in Mahuru Māori, a movement to embrace and encourage the use of te reo māori. As an important part of our learning and growth, we came together and sang waiata, alongside one million others throughout Aotearoa. Waiata is a way of learning to navigate the sounds of the vowels as a beginner and also works to support normalising te reo māori in our learning environment, and oh how our tamariki love to sing!
We can choose to use te reo – every time we do, even just a “Kia ora!” contributes to revitalization. A special ngā mihi to Betty-May, her pāpā and Johnny who came to awhi this kaupapa with their musical talents and beautiful voices. Tamariki also used their artistic flair and creativity to decorate feathers which were displayed in the form of a Korowai at Tairua Library. Jen did a beautiful job on the te wiki o te reo māori display at whare pukapuka. Kia ora Whaea Jen!