Whakatāne District Council is inviting the community to join in its celebration of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week. The Council’s Pou Tikanga (Māori Cultural Advisor), Pouroto Ngāropō, will guide staff on a hīkoi around significant sites in the Whakatāne CBD and an invitation to join in is extended to any interested community members. The cultural tour will take in significant sites, including Wharaurangi, Pōhaturoa and Wairere.

The hīkoi will take place on Rāpare (Thursday), from 9:00-10:30 am, departing from the Margaret Mahy Courtyard (behind the Whakatāne District Council building). It will be followed by a kapu tī (cup of tea) in the Council foyer. The Council would appreciate RSVPs RSVPs for the hīkoi, which should be sent to jamie.dale@whakatane.govt.nz by 5pm on Rāapa (Wednesday).

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori runs from 10-16 Mahuru (September).