Students to get inked for Maori culture week

22:39, Jul 21 2014
Students to get inked for Maori culture week
RAISING AWARENESS: Traditional music and dance will form part of CPIT's Maori Language Week celebrations.

Weaving, food and music will all be used to celebrate Maori culture in Christchurch this week.

Maori Language Week, Te Wiki o Te Teo, is an annual national event which recognises and celebrates Maori culture.

Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) Maori engagement officer Manu Whata said the purpose of the week was to increase the awareness and use of Maori language and culture.

"Although we would like to see this happening every day of the year, this is one concentrated week where Maori language is recognised all over the country. It's on the news, it's on the radio, it's everywhere."

Whata wanted CPIT students to get involved by trying out a bit of the language and learning more about the culture.

CPIT has a week of celebrations planned which includes Maori weaving, art, stories music, food and competitions in a range of Te Reo Maori-based events. 

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He said a highlight of the week will be a visit from three tattoo artists trained in the traditional art of tamoko, or Maori tattooing.

Students and staff will be able to learn about the practice from tattoo artists Henare Brookings, Steve Punga Smith and Maia Gibbs, and even get a tattoo of their own if they wish.

 "We've got some students booked in already to get tamoko. The artists are very well renowned so it is a real honour to have them here," Whata said.

The theme for this year's celebrations at CPIT is "Te Reo Lives here".

The Press