Maori Language Week celebrations begin

21:17, Jul 01 2013
David Taogaga
NO PAIN, NO GAIN: Ta Moko artist Maia Gibbs shades in David Taogaga's tattoo.

Those who can handle the pain got inked and polished up on a bit of Maori culture by Ta Moko artist Maia Gibbs.

Gibbs was at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology yesterday as part of its Maori Language Week celebrations.

The fulltime tattooist will be on campus until tomorrow, sharing his Ta Moko skill and expertise with brave punters.

"My dad and my uncle run a Maori art school in Gisborne, and when I was growing up I was always involved and around it. I really love it."

Gibbs, who works at Left Hand Path tattoo studio in Addington, has no flat rate but will "adjust the work to people's budgets".

The programme at the polytechnic this week also features kapa haka performances, weaving, an art exhibition, hangi lunches and bilingual films for the family.

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It is one of many sites across the city for te reo celebrations this week.

BNZ Riccarton has started the week with an introduction of te reo and English dual signage in its branch, along with 20 other BNZ branches nationwide.

Countdown supermarkets have also introduced bilingual food signage, and a booklet of New Zealand pronunciation.

The Press