te reo Māori books for children
Pati Hakaria is a kaiako at Te Puāwaitanga, the immersion unit at Birkdale Primary, in Auckland. She shares her own te reo story, and talks about some of the picture books shortlisted for the Wright Family Foundation Te Kura Pounamu Award for te reo Māori.
Just letting you know, my reo is not formal. It might change as I get older but right now my goal is just to be able to speak at home the language that I speak when I go back to where I’m from, and where my husband’s from – he’s from the Far North, so yeah.
They call it the language of the kitchen. It’s just like “Tiki e te tītaora!”, like “Get the tea towel!”
That’s pretty much who I am.