The AIMS Games is the Olympics equivalent for primary and intermediate schools in the country and it’s currently taking place in Tauranga.

Coinciding with Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, AIMS organiser Tumai Troughton says the competition was a good opportunity for the students to show off their sporting and te reo Māori skills.

“E tika ana te kōrero ko tēnei te wiki tino whakahirahira mō ngā taiohi ki te whakaatu i ō rātou pūkenga hākinakina. Me maumahara tonu tātou ko tēnei Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, nā reira kia kaha tātou ki te kōrero, ki te whakapiki i te mauri o te reo Māori.”

Matauri Bay School teacher Rauaroha Heta says some of their teachers try to incorporate te reo into their teachings, including in sport.

“Ētahi o mātou ngā kaiako e whai kaha ana, e ako tonu ana i ngā tamariki o tō mātou kura o Matauri Bay.”

Maria Marama, a teacher from Marist College, says the week is a great time to give te reo Māori a go.

“Tēnei te wā ka āhei te nuinga o mātou ki te tīni te whakaaro mō te reo. Tino ātaahua tō mātou reo.”

The AIMS Games will end on Sunday.

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