Sweet sounds of te reo echo at Springlands

Kiley looks on as Visakha Narayan tries her hand at Putatara playing.
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.

Kiley Nepia with Isaiah Onolevu.
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.

Charlie Norton huffs till he is pink in the face
Charlie Norton huffs till he is pink in the face

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