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.