Taonga hunt to get more familiar with te reo

Solving the te reo Maori clues during the Otago Polytechnic’s treasure hunt to find the taonga, for Te Wiki o te Reo Maori (Maori Language Week), yesterday are Performance Excellence team members (from left) Tim Powell, Trudi McLaren and Maria Chapman.

It was just one of the many interactive activities planned for this week, helping people to improve both their te reo and knowledge of tikaka Maori.

Tumuaki Whakaruruhau (Maori learner success director) Desiree Williams said the hunt was designed to inform students and staff of how much of the Hub’s building was influenced by mana whenua.


"For example, the blue on the carpet is actually a reference to where the Owheo (Leith) stream once ran on the land itself.

"Every year we see growth and a lot of that is seeing non-Maori feeling comfortable to participate in that space ... for those of us who are Maori, it make our hearts sing to see that," she said.


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