Hundreds of school children gathered in West Auckland for the Puni Reo Poitarawhiti Netball Tournament, the first te reo Māori netball tournament in Auckland.

Te Puni Kōkiri spokesperson Eruera Lee-Morgan says the aim of the tournament is to normalise te reo in the context of netball.

“E whakarekareka ai te reo, e whakaminamina ai te reo me aha? Me kōrero…me whakatairanga, koinā te pai o tēnei kaupapa."

Te Puni Kōkiri and Netball Waitakere have partnered to host their first ever Māori speaking language Netball tournament.

Lee-Morgan also says Puni Reo Poitarawhiti is an initiative that aims to normalise Māori language in netball.

“Te whakatinanatanga o te rautaki reo o tō tāua rohe o Tāmaki, ā TPK, arā ko te maihi karauna e māhorahora ai te reo ki ngā horopaki katoa ana i te rā nei ko te poitarawhiti.”

This is the first result following the launch of the Puni Reo Poitarawhiti app two months ago.

Lee-Morgan adds that it is hoped this movement will grow bigger.

“Wai ka mōhio ko te Puni Reo Poitūkohu, ko te Puni Reo Whutupaoro, ko te Puni Reo Riiki, ko te Puni Reo Waka Ama. Aha atu, aha atu. Kei a koe e hoa te kōwhiringa.”

The organisers hope to make this an annual tournament to run in the month of May.

As the saying goes 'share the language with the world'.

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