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Spongebob Squarepants Celebrates Māori Language Week

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Spongebob Squarepants Celebrates Māori Language Week

The world's most famous sea sponge, SpongeBob SquarePants, is back this year playing his part in promoting Māori Language Week with full episodes in te reo Māori all week screening on Nickelodeon NZ (SKY channel 041) from Monday 26th July until Sunday 1st August (8.10am and 4.00pm weekdays and 8.10am and 8.40am on the weekend).

Nickelodeon New Zealand fans will see SpongeBob and his sea-dwelling Bikini Bottom friends, including Squidward, Mr Krabs and Patrick, speaking in te reo Māori for the week of Monday 26th - Sunday 1st August 2010 thanks a combined effort from Nickelodeon NZ, Te Māngai Pāho and Cinco Cine Film Productions.

Award-winning local production company and specialists in Māori language children's programming, Cinco Cine Film Productions, recorded the te reo Māori voiceovers for the five landmark episodes of SpongeBob Tarau Porowhā last year to help with promotion of te reo Māori to Nick NZ viewers. The result is exciting interpretations of the characters with Pukana host Tiare Tāwera voicing the te reo Māori SpongeBob and Matutaera Ngaropo voicing the characters of Patrick and Squidward.

Nickelodeon NZ's Channel Manager, Lauren Nola says the popularity of SpongeBob SquarePants speaking te reo Māori is phenomenal. "We received masses of positive feedback from Nickheads, parents and tangata whenua following last year's debut. The guys at Cinco Cine did an amazing job of translation and delivery of the SpongeBob character in te reo Māori that's shown everyone how a crazy little sea sponge can make learning te reo Māori fun for kids of all ages."

Kua rite au? Are you ready to get into the swing of Māori Language Week with SpongeBob SquarePants shows in te reo Māori screening on Nickelodeon NZ (SKY channel 041) weekdays at 8.10am and 4.00pm and weekends at 8.10am and 8.40am.

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