Sweet sounds of te reo echo at Springlands
Learning different words in Maori is fun
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
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