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PM visits Wellington High School for Maori Language Week

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News from Wellington High School
Wellington High School welcomed Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Crown/Māori Relations Kelvin Davis to their marae, Taraika, to kickstart the week-long celebration for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori.

The school, which has made Te Reo Māori compulsory at Year 9 this year, invited the Prime Minister to meet students in the marae and address a school assembly

She talked about her biggest regret that she didn’t learn te reo Māori and she hopes the next generation will be the ones who will change that.

All students at Wellington High School study te reo Māori in Years 9, and can take programmes in both mainstream and immersion to university level. Staff have been learning the language weekly, and Kapa Haka and Media in Aotearoa courses are both on offer for 2019.

The school has a programme of events for the week to celebrate te reo Māori and Māori tikanga, including film screenings and daily workshops. Students will be able to explore Māori art with Pōkau Te Ahuru (Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Te Atiawa me Ngāti Ruahine), discuss Treaty issues with Peter Adds (Te Atiawa) and enjoy the spoken word poetry of Te Kahu Rolleston (Ngāi Te Rangi).

1 comment:

  1. Cecil Roads, 11. September 2018, 7:07

    What about a mathematics week or a science week? That would spark my interest.