Maori language course moved from Christchurch

11:34 am on 7 April 2011

A national Te Reo Maori immersion course normally held in Christchurch has been moved to the North Island because of February's earthquake.

Kura Reo is a week-long programme that takes place four times a year at locations throughout the country.

Each course usually attracts more than 100 intermediate and fluent Maori speakers.

The Christchurch course has been moved to Otaki and will be hosted by Te Wananga o Raukawa and will start on 17 April.

The chief executive of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori (Maori Language Commission), Glenis Phillip-Barbara, says there was no choice but to move it from the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology in the central city.

She says organisers had received up to 40 registrations before the quake, but they can't be retrieved, so people who want to take part should reapply.