Taumata 3: He Pihinga

Challenge Level 3: Grow your reo

Month Challenge:
Speak/write/sing/play in/learn/listen to te reo Māori for one to two hours per day. 

Huatau | Language learning ideas

What you do to start learning and speaking is up to you but you won’t be alone. There are people from all sorts of backgrounds and levels of ability needed to revitalise te reo Māori, so get started using our ideas below. See how you can incorporate te reo Māori into your everyday life and be one in a million speakers by 2040. It could be as easy as playing a Māori language song, starting your Zoom call with “mōrena”, or starting lunch with a karakia!

Tēnā tirohia ēnei whakaaro whakatairanga – kōwhiria, mahia!

So check out these ideas – choose and use!

  • Host a te reo Māori quiz and test your organisation’s knowledge. Use these quiz questions to set-up your own – some are easy, some are hard, so grab some friends and a Māori dictionary!
  • See Pania Papa’s video on easy Māori games to play with no equipment
  • Download some Māori apps and play with your tamariki. See PāpapaPipi Mā Tae, find more apps here.
  • Create and host an online Kahoot quiz with your whānau and friends!
  • Listen to te reo Māori only for the day
  • Play the ‘Te Wiki o te Reo Māori’ playlist in your business or workplace for everyone to hear!
  • Listen to a podcast and sharpen up your reo, type ‘Taringa’ or ‘Ako’ into your podcast app.
    Turn on the radio or go online and tune into your local iwi radio station
  • Tune in to Māori Television
  • Listen to Hinewehi Mohi sing our national anthem in te reo Māori at the 1999 Rugby World Cup in England.
  • Make ‘kia ora’ your first choice of greeting to everyone you speak to
  • Prepare your whānau, friends or workplace to speak te reo Māori for the hour
  • Open your news bulletin with te reo Māori
  • Host a ‘Kōrero Kai’ for lunch where you only speak in te reo Māori
  • Start lunch off with a karakia for kai
  • Order your coffee in te reo Māori
  • Set a ‘reo Māori only’ zone within your workplace or home

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