Te reo Maori


How learning te reo Māori

October 3, 2020

is giving a young businesswoman greater purpose

Jacinta Gulasekharam is a socially driven entrepreneur and co-founder of period poverty start-up Dignity. We spoke to her about how that work feeds her drive to learn and honour te reo.Growing up in Feilding, Jacinta Gulasekharam felt both safe and strange. She was...
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“He aroha whakatō, he aroha puta mai.” “If kindness is sown, then kindness you shall receive. “

It was with much pride on a mid-September Monday morning that I opened our very own The Southland Times and saw the usual masthead – the name of the paper – replaced with Te Karere o Murihiku.To me it looked perfect. I would be happy seeing that on every c...
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helps language to thrive

Alice Dimond (Kāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu) was inspired to create her app, Hapori, to help te reo Māori speakers who don't have people around them to kōrero with."My inspiration for creating Hapori was because of own journey in te reo Māori, so I learned te reo through hi...
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We have the power to ensure

September 18, 2020

te reo thrives in Aotearoa

If someone had told me decades after my childhood we would still be shovelling money into the America’s Cup, I would have dropped my 12-sided, Dungeons and Dragons dice and laughed in their face.Why are we still enduring this never-ending ritual hazing: forking out cash, p...
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with te reo Māori

Weta Workshop meant to name itself after a spiky native insect. Missing macrons meant the special effects and prop company ended up with something quite different.According to Hēmi Kelly, a lecturer in Te Ara Poutama, the faculty of Maori Studies at AUT, the correct wa...
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Teacher on spreading a love

September 14, 2020

of te reo Māori

Māori language teacher Kay-Lee Jones didn’t grow up speaking te reo.Her family would sing Māori songs but the main te reo Māori terms they used were for food.“There was kina, pāua, karengo, penupenu. All of those types of words were our te reo Māori,” she says.Tod...
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Banks Peninsula in Canterbury

Pukeatua and Dyers Pass, Ōrongomai and Cass Peak, Tapuwaeharuru and Evans Pass – te reo Māori names have been reinstated for 13 places on Te Pātaka-o-Rākaihautū/Banks Peninsula.The te reo names have been officially restored and have the same legal status as their Euro...
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a language revitalisation tool

OPINION: Did you know that in Aotearoa we have three daily national news services in te reo Māori? Āe, e toru ngā ratonga pūrongo.They’re all funded by the state under various Treaty of Waitangi obligations.On television, there’s Te Karere, the koroua or granddaddy t...
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It will leave Māori language money and effort where I think it belongs, to those that actually want it.

OPINION: I attended Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ruamata, a school that embraced te reo Māori and celebrated being Māori. When I moved to an English medium school, Māori was an option, and I continued with Māori as a subject until I left in year 13. Reo Māori featured in my...
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....felt an ethical responsibility to the language,

A new report by the Education Review Office (ERO), called Te Tamata Huaroa, has found there is a strong desire in schools to revitalise te reo Māori through education.The agency spoke with teachers and school leaders in 102 primary and secondary schools.The majority of scho...
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