Learning te reo Māori is a journey that requires you to leave your comfort zone and isn’t confined to the walls of a classroom.
Following the maramataka, this year’s Mahuru Māori challenge will begin on Friday, 15 September and finish on Saturday, 14 October.
The Mahuru Challenge is now open for 2023! There’s still plenty of time to register for the month-long challenge, which follows the maramataka (Māori lunar calendar), and will run from Friday, 15 September to Saturday, 14 October.
“I want to make sure, for the sake of our mokopuna, te reo Māori is revitalised in our whānau. I want to greet my future moko in te reo Māori when they arrive.”
“Your journey will be your own and it will look different to others. You may have bursts of progression, then years of nothing. That’s not a failure, it’s just the nature of the journey.”
“You could say it’s given me a rebirth. It’s given me the confidence to walk out the door and be comfortable about who I am.”
Liz, or Irihāpeti, grew up in Taranaki during the 1970s and 1980s, when being a proud Māori wasn’t easy or fashionable. “I realised it was time to learn about my reo and tūpuna Māori.”
“I want my children to grow up understanding te ao Māori, tikanga and te reo because I think if all of those things thrive in New Zealand, then we will all thrive as well.”
As an older student, learning reo Māori was slightly daunting for Ōpōtiki College teacher, Deborah Mckillop. But after learning she would be taught by one of her former students, things became more relaxed.
“I lost the reo but after going back to learn it, it’s all slowly coming back to me. I wanted to refresh my reo and start from the beginning so I could be on the journey with my babies, learning it alongside them.”