Te reo Māori comes to Taranaki’s Pukeiti Gardens


A childrens tree house at Pukeiti Rhododendron Gardens, Taranaki.

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A childrens tree house at Pukeiti Rhododendron Gardens, Taranaki.

A school holiday programme at the Pukeiti Rhododendron Gardens has introduced te reo Māori.

The Kids Treehouse Trail has been updated with two activity satchels to encourage non-Māori speaking families to learn the language by remembering the names of flora and fauna in te reo.

Taranaki Regional Council gardens manger Greg Rine said it was a way to help support the revitalisation of te reo Māori in the community.

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The free Kids Treehouse Trail was launched in 2017 and has become a popular activity for families.

Children are able to follow the secret trail between tree houses and discover the creatures that inhabit Pukeiti.

The school holiday was perfect for families to visit after the Covid-19 restrictions delayed the launch during Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week), Rine said.

There are two te reo satchels and five English satchels available for collection from the Rainforest Centre, next to the new Rainforest Eatery, which is open daily.