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Maori Language Moment

Over one million people signed up and took part in yesterday's Maori Language Moment as part of Te Wiki o te reo Maori.

People who signed up on the tuku te reo Maori website committed to doing something in te reo Maori at midday — whether that be saying “kia ora” to someone, performing a karakia before their lunch, singing a waiata, anything to promote the language.

Gisborne District Council's staff waiata group Nga Manu Tioriori performed in the courtyard area at the HB Williams Memorial Library.

EIT Tairawhiti had a crossword competition for which every answer was in te reo Maori.

Lytton High School held a march and performed a waiata.

Even though it was only a moment, speaking te reo Maori can be spoken whenever and wherever you want . . .

■ Make “kia ora” your first choice of greeting to everyone you speak to.

■ Prepare your whanau, friends or workplace to speak te reo Maori for the hour.

■ Open your news bulletin with te reo Maori.

■ Host a “korero kai” for lunch where you only speak in te reo Maori.

■ Start lunch off with a karakia for kai.

■ Order your coffee in te reo Maori.

■ Set a “reo Maori only” zone within your workplace or home.

Waiata: Members of Gisborne District Council's waiata group Nga Manu Tioriori perform waiata for the Maori Language Moment at midday yesterday. From left are Rose Lee, Coralie Campbell-Whitehead, Zandria Taare, Tyson Kingi and Michelle Kupenga. Picture by Paul Rickard