Drawing a fine line for Maori Language Week

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The technology may have changed but Ta Moko artist Maia Gibbs is still firmly grounded in the designs of traditional Maori tattoos. Gibbs will demonstrate his Ta Moko skill and cultural expertise next week (1 3 July) in a special event for CPITs Maori Language Week celebrations.

4114544c66371ef8bd7aCPITs Maori Language Week features Kapa Haka performances, weaving, an art exhibition, hangi lunches and bilingual films for the whanau (family) – with free popcorn.

As part of the celebrations Gibbs will create a special T? Moko from 9am to 3pm at the Centre of M?ori and Pasifika Achievement (CMPA) in CPITs Rakaia Centre. Like his mentor, renowned and influential T? Moko artist Derek Lardelli, Gibbs works with modern instruments but uses T? Moko to connect with the past.

I see Ta Moko as a vehicle to connect back to my Tipuna (ancestors) from the past whilst at the same time having the opportunity to push and develop the art form by using new technology and techniques for future generations, but still keeping the traditional Korero (stories) and Kaupapa (topics/agendas) alive, Gibbs said.

While CPITs Te Puna Wanaka offers a range of language and cultural programmes, Maori Language Week is an opportunity for everyone to get a taste of Maori culture and language, says organiser and CPIT Te Kaiwhakauru M?ori (Maori engagement coordinator) Manu Whata.

Maori Language Week is a chance for people to understand us as Maori, what drives us. Our lifestyle derives from our ancestors and the activities are designed to help people understand where we come from. Whether they want to join us for a hangi or settle down to enjoy a bilingual family film or watch a performance they will be immersing themselves in our world, he said.

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Language (Maori), Whata is an enthusiastic advocate of Te Puna Wanakas programmes and community connections. The opportunities offered to graduates are endless Whata said.

The 2013 theme for Maori language Week isNg? ingoa Maori (Maori names). For information about events at CPIT seewww.cpit.ac.nz/news-and-events/upcoming-events/maori-language-weekor phone 0800 24 24 76.

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