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Parade to mark ‘Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori’ - Māori Language Week

27 Aug 2018

Parade to mark ‘Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori’ - Māori Language Week

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A parade through town will be held to mark ‘Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori’ - Māori Language Week and celebrate the revitalisation of te reo Māori.

Local kura, schools, puna, kōhanga and early childhood institutions are invited to participate in the hikoi and celebrations that follow on Friday 14 September.

The parade will have a “Moana and Maui” theme and begins at Cobden Street at 10am. It will proceed along Gladstone Road and end at Kelvin Park.

The parade is being organised jointly by Tūranga FM with ngā iwi o Te Tairāwhiti, Gisborne District Council, Kura and Police, St Johns, NZ Fire Service, Te Puni Kōkiri and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Council’s Maori engagement coordinator and working group member for the parade Whitiaua Ropitini, said the event was open to the whole community to participate.

“The parade is to celebrate and promote Māori language as a language for all of New Zealand. The parade is the first of its kind to take to our streets.”

When the parade arrives at Kelvin Park there will be live music and a screening of the movie Moana in te reo. A sausage sizzle will be provided.

One side of Gladstone Road will be closed for the duration of the parade (expected to take 30 minutes), with police and Māori wardens assisting.

The programme will end at 1pm.

September 14 is also Māori Language Day, commemorating the presentation of the 1972 petition on the Māori language to Parliament.

For more information on the road closure