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Celebrating Te Reo Māori

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Nā Janelle Riki: BeL Facilitator, National Māori Team

Ko te reo te mauri o te mana Māori!  Language is the lifeforce of Māori mana! 

Nau mai, haere mai ki te pānui tuatahi! Welcome to the first blog post to celebrate Te Reo Māori!  We will be sharing some fantastic ideas and links to support the teaching of Te Reo Māori in classrooms.  If you have any feedback, or would like some specific information or resources, please get in contact with us and we will do the best we can to support you.  Kia kaha te ako o Te Reo Māori!


 Why teach Te Reo Māori?

  • Te Reo Māori is an endangered language.  In order for it to thrive, we must all breath life into it by speaking and conversing in Te Reo Māori.  This includes in the classroom, in our homes, in the community and in the wider world!
  • There is no other country in the whole world where you can learn to speak this beautiful language.
  • Te Reo Māori is the indigenous and first language of our nation.
  • What makes us unique and special as kiwis is our unique and beautiful indigenous culture.  We can all connect with our ‘kiwiness’ through Te Reo me ōna Tikanga Māori, and showcase our unique gifts to the rest of the world!
  • In most other developed countries, children can speak 2-3 languages.  If our tamariki are to be leaders and stand confidently on the world stage, it is important for them to be able to effectively learn another's language.  What better language to learn than the one we already have!
  • The Treaty of Waitangi, our founding document, states that all Māori have the right to speak and learn their own language.  The NEG’s and NAG’s stipulate that school’s must meet their obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi.  Ka Hikitia and Tātaiako provide support for schools and teachers to be able to do this effectively.


 For more information about why you should teach Te Reo Māori in your classroom:




Matariki: 21 June 2012


Matariki is fast approaching! There are some amazing digital resources and class units online to share with your class!  A hakari or feast to celebrate Matariki is always a fantastic idea too and a great way to finish off the term!

Māori Language Week Ideas: 23-29 July  maoriflag.gif

This year, the theme is - Arohatia te Reowhich means 'to cherish the language.'  

Here are some cool ideas for using digital resources and technologies in school to help you all celebrate Māori Language week:

  • Send out a phrase, whakataukī and/or kīwaha of the day each day.  Encourage staff and children to use them in imaginative ways.  You could provide rewards for using them e.g. house points or a special Te Reo card.  Get posters up around the school that feature the phrase, whakataukī and/or kīwaha of the day.
  • Reward! Tamariki and staff members could be given a card or badge for their blog when they use Te Reo Māori and these cards could be collated and prizes could be given out for a junior child, senior child, best class, teachers etc.  Hint: Māori dictionaries and books make great prizes!
  • Share resources with colleagues, whānau and the wider community.  Class blogs are a great way to showcase and share new learning!
  • Check out the Kotahi Mano Kaika (KMK, a Ngāi Tahu initiative), website where children can make online, personalised, Māori Language books
  • Use the iPad/iPhone app Sock Puppets with tamariki to records conversations in Te Reo Māori and share them with your community on the school website. 
  • There are some interactive Te Reo Māori websites too check out Wicked.
  • There is an abundance of Māori resources on Digistore.  Also check out the fantastic Māori Resources catalogue and further down the page, check out the Māori Delicious stacks that feature some amazing online Māori resources.
  • Tamariki could create visual mihi or pepeha using Animoto
Tutūngia te hatete o te reo!  Stoke up the embers of our langauge!


The Blended e-Learning National Māori Team will be posting regular blog posts to support the teaching and learning of Te Reo me ōna Tikanga Māori.  Please feel free to contact either myself, Janelle Riki, or Moana Timoko for further support.




  • Moana Timoko

    E haramai tētahi āhua!!!!  Awesome info, awesome links!!!

  • Tania

    Kia Ora Janelle,

    AWESOME stuff - have added link to this to my Digital Kit for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori - have also shared with many of the teachers I am working with and they are all very impressed with links to follow and support their learning.

  • Tamara Bell 

    If you are a Twitter fan, follow @temanawapou. We tweet out Māori phrases - whakataukī, kīwaha etc. An easy way to learn some te reo from the comfort of your home, sharing the beauty of te reo Māori on the global stage!  

    Also you MUST check out Te MangōroaTe Mangōroa is a resource for English-medium schools, a portal to stories, reports, statistics, and reviews from across TKI and other sites that reflect effective practices to support Māori learners to achieve education success as Māori. Te Mangōroa contains practical illustrations of what Ka Hikitia- Managing for Success means for teaching and learning. These examples come from a wide range of schools and offer a wide range of examples of where they were at, what approaches they used to get started, what worked and what didn’t, and how they measured their success.  

    Cool It's cool to kōrero Māori e hoa mā!

  • Karen Spencer

    Here's another great set of resources from TKI: http://nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz/Curriculum-resources/Curriculum-strategies/Te-wiki-o-te-reo-Maori2. Ka rawe!

    I'm learning and using a new phrase everyday. What are other people planning for this week's celebrations?

  • Moana Timoko

    Arohatia te reo

    Arohatia te reo - Cherish our language and join me in a 7 day challenge!

    A challenge set for TE WIKI O TE REO MĀORI - A BROfessional approach to sharing your reo.  

    Permission granted by Mr Tahu Paki to share a link to his You Tube Video Tutorial where he is sharing basic greetings, questions and phrases.  Tahu presents a challenge for you to use more reo Māori in the workplace. 

  • Moana Timoko

    Kia ora anō

    You may also be interested in checking out Tō tātou reo - Tō tātou wero / Our reo - Our challenge

    A 40 day challenge to improve your reo by sharing a phrase a day.  

    The challenge ends at the end of this week so jump in and have a look - steal a phrase and listen to the audio recordings.  If you're unsure about anything just post a question or an attempt and the experts will be called upon to assist.  Whakanuia te reo!  Arohatia te reo!

  • Moana Timoko

    Tēnā koutou

    Check out this discussion post by Tania Coutts Te Wiki o te Reo Māori - Tania is encouraging others to share ideas about cherishing te reo in daily practice, by encouraging tamariki and by utilizing ICT.

    Whakanuia te reo!  Arohatia te reo!