Te Pīnakitanga o te reo Kairangi graduate Nikau Reti-Beazley (Ngāpuhi), enrolled in the Level 7 Diploma in Ōtepoti to improve his grasp on te reo and what he discovered was not only a new extended whānau to practise kōrero, but also an opportunity to visit some of the stunning marae in the wider Otago area.
Husband and wife duo, Piripi and Linda Taiapa are proof that it’s never too late to learn te reo Māori. 68 year old Linda and 70 year old Piripi, began their te reo Māori journey in 2017 with the hope of meeting new people after moving to Ōpōtiki.
After spending a big chunk of their lives living across the ditch, the couple returned home in 2020 and began studing with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa that following year.
Growing up on the marae and listening to the elders kōrero (speak) in te reo Māori was a founding moment in Teinakore Harawira’s upbringing. These are the moments that ignited her passion for the language, Māori culture and the desire to teach it to those around her.
Learning the poetic Māori language and understanding tikanga Māori is an important part of being a New Zealander, says Nick Chin.
The first te reo Māori course to be held in Russell in eight years has been dubbed a resounding success, despite the impacts of COVID-19 forcing tauira into an unfamiliar online learning environment.
It’s a familiar feeling for many on their te reo Māori journey and one Tanya Tucker knows well. “For ages I’d say as little as possible in class and felt really out of my depth,” she says.
Full performance of ‘Mahuru’ by Pere Wihongi in the tune of ‘September’ by Earth, Wind & Fire. Let’s celebrate te reo Māori all year round, Kia Kaha te Reo Māori!
This introductory challenge is simply to greet and farewell people in Māori everyday of Mahuru. Convert your ‘Hello’ to a ‘Kia Ora’, it’s that easy.
This challenge is simple – Greet & farewell people in te reo Māori and use what you know to speak/write up to 1 hour per day for the whole month. Every minute adds up, you’ll be surprised how easy it is.