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Sharing . . . He Manu Hou Maori preschool teachers and children are entertained by a performance by the Tongan Society South Canterbury on Monday. PHOTOS: GRETA YEOMAN

by Greta Yeoman

Members of the Tongan Society South Canterbury have been performing around the region for Tongan Language Week.

Tongan Society South Canterbury performers (from left) Mavae Paongo (17), Tupou Oneone (17) and Stephen Latu (13) are encouraged by society president Sina Latu during a performance at Te Aitarakihi Multi-cultural Centre on Monday. The group has been performing around the region for Tongan Language Week.

Several performers treated teachers and children from He Manu Hou Maori preschool to a performance at the Te Aitarakihi Multi-cultural Centre on Monday.

They were to perform to about 15 schools and community groups by the end of the week, society president Sina Latu said.

She told The Courier that it was one of four performances the group had done that day.

It is the fourth year the group have performed around South Canterbury for the Tongan celebratory week, and the second year they have performed for He Manu Hou.

He Manu Hou manager Anna Buckingham said it was good for the two groups to continue sharing their cultures together, particularly as the bilingual Maori preschool had at least two Tongan pupils.

Tongan Language Week runs until Saturday, September 7. Courier reporter Greta Yeoman popped along to Te Aitarakihi.