The festival decided to ban moko after complaints about incorrect use, but it has left some in the school community upset.
For many Māori who can't speak it, Te Wiki o te Reo Māori can be a stark reminder of the guilt and shame they feel not knowing their own language.
One of the 50 teenagers gathered at Taraika marae on the school grounds asked if the PM thought there would ever be a prime minister that could speak Māori.
As Māori Language Week begins, Sir Pita recalled his own mum's struggle to learn te reo on TVNZ1's Breakfast.
A doctor of Māori heritage has written to 1 NEWS, after seeing an article discussing the entrance pathway for Māori medical school students.
The former Wallabies first-five was brutally honest about growing up Māori in Australia in a revealing interview with Marae.