This week we celebrated Maori language week by welcoming visitors from Raukawa advanced and learner Te Reo classes at Tokoroa and Tirau. Over fifty people attended and visitors were welcomed with a powhiri by Transform Te Kai O Te Rangatira (our Transform Aotearoa Te Reo group).
This was the first time that these community language groups in the district have gathered together, and was a great occasion to bring new learners and advanced Te Reo speakers together to celebrate the Maori language. It was the first time for some to showcase their language talent. Everyone who stepped up to take their part did an amazing job, and made it a really special night. The evening ended with a kai hakari (feast) prepared by the hosts, and poroporoaki (closing speeches).