University offers workshops

Workshops, waiata, poi and pukana will all be on the menu for Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori, or Maori language week.

The week runs from today to Sunday and activities are planned throughout the region.

This week the University of Waikato is offering free te reo workshops today and on Friday, and a public seminar at Te Kohinga Marama Marae on Wednesday.

At Te Wananga o Aotearoa there will be a range of activities, including student competitions, "pukana in public", drawing competitions for schools.

Games and kori tinana (body movement) will be organised for the early childhood centres.

Hamilton's libraries are also banding together for a story time event on Wednesday.

The free event will include waiata (action songs), poi, ti rakau (stick game) and a kapa haka performance.

Libraries nationwide are also taking up Te Kupu o te Wiki, which will introduce 50 new Maori words during 50 weeks.

At Wintec's marae, creative stylists and photographers from Soldiers Rd Portraits will speak to students and give them fake moko on Wednesday.

A Maori music jam session will be held in the city campus hub at noon on Thursday.

Waikato Times