Apii Avarua Year 1 students sang the Maori alphabet and vowels, for footage to promote literacy week. Education Ministry Maori advisor Vae Papatua said four schools – Nikao, Rutaki, Avarua and Arorangi – had accepted the invitation to be involved in the film promotion.
Literacy Week runs from September 7 to 11. The campaign comes from Te Kopapa Reo Maori workshops held in July that focused on Te Tangi o te Reo (the call of our traditional chants), and how to encourage and teach our young children.
The plan is to film the children’s songs and chants to be screened on local television.
One of the teachers, Jane Kora said: “The kids are very excited, they love to learn with song dance and music. We are teaching them as part of our Maori programme, we can’t neglect it; they enjoy the Maori language.”