Ka rāhiritia te hunga wheao i te konohete o Six60 ki Te Whare Tapere o Tūārangi (Sky Stadium) i Te Whanganui-a-Tara, ki ngā karere reo Māori, reo Ingarihi anō hoki – me ētahi atu kaupapa ka tū ki taua whare.
Ka tukua ngā pānui reorua mō te urunga me te haumarutanga mā ētahi tukuoro i te Huarahi Hīkoi o Fran Wilde, te huarahi ka takahia e ngā wheao ka hou atu ai ki te whare mō te konohete ā te 13 o Pēpuere. E matapaetia ana kei te āhua 30,000 neke atu te tokomaha o te hunga kaingākau puoro ka puta mai.
Ko ngā pānui, ka whakawhitiwhiti i te reo Ingarihi me te reo Māori, he mea whakakōrero nā Kahu Ropata (Māori) rāua ko Kendall Forbes (Ingarihi).
He kaupapa mahitahi tēnei i waenga i WellingtonNZ, Te Whare Tapere o Tūārangi me Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori.
E kī ana a Warrick Dent, Kaiwhakahaere – Huihuinga, Wheako o WellingtonNZ, he tīmatatanga pārekareka te whakarewatanga ote kaupapa nei ki te konohete wharetapere o Six60.
“Ko Six60 te tau ihu mō te whakamahinga o te reo i roto i ā rātou waiata, ā, kei te mōhio ahau, e ngākau hihiri ana rātou mō te whakarewatanga o tēnei kaupapa i tō rātou konohete. Ko te whakaritenga ia hoki, kia hāngai nei te aronga o ētahi pānui ki ngā momo hākinakina e kaha whakamahi ana i te whare, tae atu rā ki ngā pānui arowhānui e whaitake ana ki ngā kaupapa huhua”.
“He kaupapa rawe tēnei hei mahinga tahitanga, me te mea hoki he arawhata anō e tutuki ai te whāinga, kia reo Māori te tāone oPōneke i mua i te tau 2040.”
E kī ana a Shane Harmon, Tumu Whakahaere o Te Whare Tapere o Tūārangi, he whanaketanga māori, te tuitui haere o te reo Māori ki roto ki ngā āhuatanga whakahaere o Te Whare Tapere, i muri i te whakaritenga o ngā tohu reorua ārahi tangata i te whakahoutanga ā-moko o Te Whare Tapere o Tūārangi i tērā tau.
“Poho kererū mātou i te mahi i oti i tērā tau, arā, te panonitanga o ngā tohu ārahi ki ngā reo e rua, reo Māori, reo Ingarihi, ka mutu, he pai katoa ngā whakahokinga kōrero tautoko kua tau mai. Ko te tuku pānui mā ngā reo e rua te mahi nui e whai ake nei kia pai ai tā mātou tautoko i te tūnga o Pōneke hei tāone reo Māori.”
E ai ki a Ngahiwi Apanui, te Tumu Whakahaere o Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, “Wehe ana Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori i te rekareka ki te kite atu kua mana te reo Māori hei reo kōrerorero o te ia rā i Te Whare Tapere o Tūārangi, ā, e ngākau hihiri ana hoki mātou kia kite i ētahi atu tāone e whai mai ana i tēnei tauira. Ahakoa te nui, ahakoa rānei te iti, kei kōnei mātou ki te tautoko i ngā kaupapa reo Māori.”
Fans at the Six60 concert in Wellington will be welcomed to Sky Stadium with messaging in both te reo and English - with plans to make it a feature at other stadium events.
The bi-lingual entry and safety messaging will play over loudspeakers on the Fran Wilde Walkway as fans make their way into the stadium for the gig on 13 February set to attract 30,000-plus music lovers.
The messaging, which alternates between English and te reo, is voiced by Kahu Ropata (Māori) and Kendall Forbes (English).
The initiative is a collaboration between WellingtonNZ, Sky Stadium and the Māori Language Commission.
WellingtonNZ Events and Experiences General Manager Warrick Dent says the SIX60 stadium concert is a fantastic way to kick-start the project.
“SIX60 are leading the way with the use of te reo in music. We also plan to produce bespoke versions for specific sporting codes which use the stadium, as well as general versions suitable for multiple stadium events.
“It’s a fantastic project to be involved with and a step towards Wellington becoming a te reo Māori city by 2040.”
Sky Stadium Chief Executive, Shane Harmon, says that bi-lingual announcements are a natural progression to incorporating te reo into further aspects of Stadium operations, following the inclusion of bi-lingual way finding signage as part of the Sky Stadium rebrand last year.
“We were proud to change all our way finding signage across the venue to both te reo Māori and English in 2020 and the feedback has been very positive. Bi-lingual announcements are the next step in our support toward Wellington becoming a te reo Māori city.”
Māori Language Commission Chief Executive Ngahiwi Apanui says “we are delighted to see te reo Māori become a permanent part of Sky Stadium and look forward to other cities following suit. We are here to support language journeys no matter how big or small.”
View the TVNZ report here.