Celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Maori in Whakaahurangi

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To kick off Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week), Stratford District Council has participated in the nationwide Māori Language Moment at 12noon today by launching a te reo Māori recording of Romeo and Juliet’s glockenspiel scene.

The launch was supported by representatives from local schools, marae, and community members.

During the week, locals and visitors to Stratford can listen to the Romeo and Juliet scene in te reo Māori four times a day. Playing at 10am, 1pm, 3pm and 7pm until 20 September.

People are encouraged to pick up a free printed copy of the translation from the Stratford Library or Stratford i-SITE in Prospero Place.

Director Community Services Kate Whareaitu says, “We’re proud to be able to share this with our community. It’s a project we’ve been working on with whānau from Whakaahurangi Marae for a while and it’s great to see this now come to light.”

“This week is about giving te reo Māori a go. Whether you listen to our glockenspiel, use a te reo Māori greeting with others or do waiata with your tamariki, every little bit supports this important kaupapa,” she says. 

A new recording of the English version has also been finalised and will play following Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. 

“Work is also being done to improve the sound system attached to the Glockenspiel to make it possible to switch between the two recordings automatically,” says Ms Whareaitu. 

Technical improvements to the Glockenspiel experience have been the outcome of a joint venture between Stratford Business Association and Council.

Te Reo Māori speaking voices are:

  • Rawinia Henderson as Juliet
  • Felix Ashworth as Romeo
  • Herewini Nopera as the narrator.

English speaking voices are:

  • Kaylen Hojdelewicz as Juliet
  • Arlo Beckett as Romeo
  • Coby Van Pelt as the narrator.