11 Oct 2013

Bilingual walk to open in Hawke's Bay

7:44 pm on 11 October 2013

A bilingual walk is due to open in the historic central Hawke's Bay town of Otane.

The route takes in 23 points of significance along 2.5km, which includes signs and a map in Maori and English.

Robyn Williams, from volunteer organisation Otane Progressive Group, started planning the project nearly 18 months ago.

She says the idea came about after she discovered the Maori language is on the world list of endangered languages.

Ms Williams says the opening on Saturday will include a blessing and a haka performed by pupils from Te Aute College.

The walk takes in much of the town's railway-related history and stock saleyards.