Saturday, March 6, 2010

Melville Intermediate - Speaking Maori in Russia

Today I became aware of two very, very special videos.

As you know we have been busy completing our work on Maori Mihi and publishing them online. We've had some wonderful feedback and the students are very pleased by this but our friends from Lyudmila's Classroom in Kransnoyarskiykray Kray, Russia have been learning - they have posted two videos, based on our work in New Zealand - its really amazing to think that work that we have produced from one side of the world has had an influence on students on the other side of the world. This interaction is hugely important for everyone involved and when the students view this video Monday morning I am sure that they will be completely blown away. This is Nikita's video!


  1. What awesome connections you are making.

    We are so proud of you all.

    Allanah K


    New Zealand.

  2. How amazing that Nikita not only speaks his mihi in Te Reo Māori, but that he also use English to translate. That means he can greet people in 3 languages. How many different languages can you say your mihi in?

    Mr F.

  3. Wow! Your Russian friends have certainly been inspired by your Maori Mihi. Are you going to have go at learning some Russian??

    What wonderful global connections you are making!

    Miss Yeomans
    St Martin of Tours

  4. Ka mau te wehi! awesome!

    It was not that long ago that children were punished in schools when they spoke Te Reo Maori.
    I met a man at university in his late 40's who was still hurt by his time at school and had returned to University to reignite his love for the language. He could not even count to 5 in Maori. When I see Room 8 making a such a huge impact on Te Ao Maori I feel a real sense of pride in our school and our children.
    Whaia ki te maunga teitei nga taonga o te ruma waru

    Matua Gene No Ngati porou