From 14 to 18 September EIT is participating in the annual Te Wiki o te Reo Māori or Māori Language Week. Although activities and events are restricted, both staff and students are encouraged to use te reo Māori and learn some new kuputhroughout the week.
EIT will kick off the week with joining the Māori Language Moment and offering Māori language based crosswords which will be distributed across EIT campuses. During the remainder of the week there will be a variety of word puzzles and quizzes offered to engage people in using the language.
On Wednesday IDEAschool lecturer Raewyn Patterson will speak about the design and the installation of the tukutuku in EIT’s wharenui, Te Ara o Tāwhaki, which was completed earlier this year.
On Thursday lunchtime, people can learn to make a sandwich by speaking te reo Māori.
There is interactive te reo Māori based art displayed all week at the entrance of the Student Amenities Building and people are encouraged to take a photo and upload on Instagram using the hashtag #eitparirau to win a prize.
Over the last few weeks, EIT has filmed a number of Māori students and lecturers who share their personal te reo Māori story on camera. Each day one of these videos will be shared on EIT’s Facebook page.
However, at EIT the promotion and revitalization of te reo Māori is not limited to this particular week. For instance, Ketekete kōrero and waiata sessions are held on campus on a regular basis (although disrupted this year for obvious reasons). EIT recently introduced a new section on the staffnet homepage for “Te kupu o te wiki” (word of the week).
EIT also continues to embed the Herea Te Rā (EIT’s Māori Capability Development Framework) across the institute. It was launched in 2016, aiming to strengthen the capability of staff to further enhance Māori student success.