Sweet sounds of te reo echo at Springlands
Omaka Marae manager Kiley Nepia shows Springlands School pupil Vishaka Narayan how to play a putatara - a conch trumpet traditionally used to let people know something is about to happen.
He demonstrated taonga puoro - traditional Maori instruments - as part of Maori Language Week.
Vishaka said learning different words in Maori was fun, and knows rorohiko is the word for computer.
''But I don't know some of it because I'm Indian,'' she said.
Mr Nepia says while Maori Language Week is a good promotional tool, there is still a long way to go.
''It's an opportunity to remind people of the importance of language in our culture, because it is part of our cultural identity,'' he said.
The Marlborough Express