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dc.contributor.authorLee-Morgan, Jenny
dc.contributor.authorMartin, J.
dc.contributor.authorMane, Jo
dc.contributor.authorLee-Morgan, E.
dc.description.abstractIn May 2018, the inaugural Puni Reo Poitarawhiti was held at Netball Waitäkere, West Auckland. The first Mäori language-only netball tournament of its kind, Puni Reo Poitarawhiti (PRP) was open to all schools (kura kaupapa Mäori and English-medium schools) in the Auckland region. According to Te Puni Kökiri, the first PRP attracted approximately 550 young people (60 teams), ranging in age from 11 to 17 years old. In total, 20 schools participated— the majority (95.5%) of these schools were either Kura Kaupapa Mäori or schools with Mäori immersion units or classes. The following year, the number of schools slightly increased to 21.1 Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 the PRP tournament was cancelled in 2020. Puni Reo is an important part of today’s Mäori language movement that creates a Mäori language space for a particular event or purpose. As an innovative Mäori language initiative, Puni Reo has focused on promoting te reo in everyday activities such as sports, domains that are not usually considered ‘traditional’ Mäori language arenas. As an initiative, these events seek to widen the use of te reo Mäori in social, community settings, in an effort to normalise te reo Mäori outside of formal learning settings. While Puni Reo is a ‘new’ initiative, it is inspired by the ‘old’ concept of a puni that, in this context, is referred to as a camp. Puni Reo Poitarawhiti is a relatively new initiative that has the potential to become a significant annual event on the Mäori student calendar in Tämaki Makaurau, as well as other regions throughout Aotearoa. This article draws on the one-year scoping project entitled ‘Puni Reo: Normalising Māori language in new domains, led by Professor Jenny Lee-Morgan and Dr Jenifer Martin, alongside the instigator of this initiative, Eruera Lee-Morgan. This article introduces the concept of Puni Reo Poitarawhiti, and shares the findings as it relates to the students’ experiences and perspectives of the first two Puni Reo Poitarawhiti held in 2018 and 2019. The focus for the students centred on their ability and excitement to ‘play’ in te reo Mäori.en_NZ
dc.publisherOtago Polytechnicen_NZ
dc.rights2021 all texts are the copyright of authors and all images are the copyright of the artists or other copyright holders. Scope is a non-profit publication with open access online.en_NZ
dc.subjectNew Zealanden_NZ
dc.subjectPuni Reo Poitarawhitien_NZ
dc.subjectMāori languageen_NZ
dc.subjectlanguage learning strategiesen_NZ
dc.subjectlanguage revivalen_NZ
dc.subjectAuckland (N.Z.)en_NZ
dc.titlePuni Reo Poitarawhiti: Playing in te reo Māorien_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden450805 Te mātauranga reo Māori (Māori language education)en_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationLee-Morgan, J., Martin, J., Mane, J., & Lee-Morgan, E. (2021). Puni Reo Poitarawhiti: Playing in te reo Māori. Scope (Kaupapa Kāi Tahu), 6, 72-80.
unitec.publication.titleScope: Contemporary Research Topics (Kaupapa Kāi Tahu)en_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Aucklanden_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationTe Puni Kōkiri (N.Z.)en_NZ
dc.subject.tukutukuRautaki reomi_NZ
dc.subject.tukutukuPoi tarawhitimi_NZ
unitec.publication.placeDunedin, New Zealanden_NZ

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