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Te Wiki o te Reo Māori Event Series at Whare Toi, Maunga Takarunga

September 9, 2023 @ 11:00 am September 30, 2023 @ 12:00 pm

Promotional banner for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) 2023.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori Event Series at Whare Toi, Maunga Takarunga

9 – 30 September 2023

We are thrilled to be offering a series of events as part of Māori Language week to increase understanding, knowledge and use of Te Reo Māori, to learn through engaging in workshops that encourage greater confidence through mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge, wisdom and skills) and whanaungatanga (building relationships), and to celebrate the history of Maunga Takarunga.

Signage on the slope of Takarunga Maunga (Mount Victoria), overlooking Whare Toi.

Saturday 9 September: Let’s Weave (Raranga) with Whaea Jan – FULL

Learn how harakeke (flax) is harvested and the tikanga (protocols) on Maunga Takarunga (Mt Victoria). Whaea Jan who is a Devonport local, is very passionate about looking after the land (whenua) and using the natural resources that Maunga Takarunga provides.

Sunday 10 September: Rongoā Māori with Whaea Judy, 11am – 1pm

Whaea Judy will share knowledge about medicinal plants such as kawakawa and how to make and use them. Whaea Judy will be making kawakawa-infused tea to share alongside kawakawa biscuits. Judy will also talk about her healing practices, some of the benefits of Kawakawa, and how other rongoā rākau (plant-based remedies) assist people with their personal health journeys. Koha on entry.

Sunday 17 September: Te Hau Kapua / Devonport Hapa Haka Group Performance, 3pm – FULL

Come along to the Devonport library to listen to waiata (songs) from the Devonport Locals group in te Reo Māori and English. Koha on entry at library.

Saturday 23 September: Taonga Pūoro (Māori Musical Instrument) Performance by Ngahiwi Walker, 11am – 1pm

Listen to the amazing sounds of Māori musical instruments (Taonga Pūoro)  with Matua Ngahiwi Walker No Ngati Porou ia. He kaitohutohu ki Te Taua Moana, (Ngahiwi is from the east coast and Ngati Porou tribe, he is the cultural advisor for the Royal NZ Navy). He’s also a local artist and carver of musical instruments. Koha on entry.

Sunday 8 October: Mau Rakau (Māori Martial Arts) and Haka with Ngahiwi Walker and Caleb Kutia, 11am – 2pm

Learn how to use Taiahia (Maori weaponry) and a local haka. This event is for rangatahi aged 10+ with koha on entry.

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