This week is Māori Language Week with the theme Ākina te Reo - give te reo Māori a go!Hōaka Pounamu (Bilingual and Immersion Teaching) is a Postgraduate Diploma in Education at the University of Canterbury and we were privileged to host the 2016 Hōaka Pounamu roopu at Cobham this week, which also coincided beautifully with Maori Language Week.
The Hōaka students came to visit Cobham to hear about how we uphold the three principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi at our kura - partnership, protection and participation. The 4 Māori student leaders, Hurihia, Zavier, Anaru and Sunny supported myself and Miss Te Moananui to share our journey with the roopu. It was such an honour to welcome them with a mihi whakatau and to be able to reflect back on all the amazing initiatives, changes and successes we have had at Cobham ensuring Māori are achieving success as Māori.
This week I put out a wero-challenge to all staff to kōrero Māori, ia rā, ia rā - to speak some te reo Māori everyday. I am sure our tamariki are keeping them honest with this wero! I have also been excited to see and hear our tamariki experiencing a whole lot of te reo Māori learning around our kura. Check out Te Taura Whiri online for information and resources related to Te Wiki o te reo Māori. Also check out this Māori Television article sharing some interesting key statistics about Māori language speakers.
Ko te reo te mauri o te mana Māori - kōrero Māori e!
By Tamara Bell