September 24, 2018
Issue 11 2018

Massey website disables Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori activity list on the week of events

Māori language Week kicked off the second half of semester two and involved a string of events and activities on the Albany campus.

However, on the week itself, the Massey website disabled the page that told students what activities were taking place.

This was okay for some activities that were held in public spaces, as there was plenty of student traffic to engage regardless of whether students heard about it beforehand.

This was the case for the te reo fortune cookie activity where students could learn reo though food, as it was held in the Albany Students’ Association lounge.

However, events like all-day Māori films in the hidden Library Theatre on Tuesday, September 11 were harder for students to stumble upon.

The page being disabled also meant that there was no link to kotahi te kupu, an online te reo version of Four Pics One Word that was listed as a Māori language week event before the list was removed.

Other events originally listed in the Massey site included a Waiata session on Wednesday, October 12 and te reo lessons on Thursday, September 13.  

In a Facebook survey completed on the Overheard @ Massey Albany University page, 21 of the 22 respondents said they had not heard of any Māori language events on campus.

The theme for this year’s Māori language week was “Kia Kaha te reo Māori” that had a focus on revitalisation and keeping te reo strong.

Massey did not respond to request for comments.