Sweet sounds of te reo echo at Springlands

23:30, Jul 25 2012
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Kiley looks on as Visakha Narayan tries her hand at Putatara playing.

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.

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Kiley Nepia with Isaiah Onolevu.

''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.

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