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Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2013 - Māori Language Week 2013.

Started by Catriona Pene 11 Jun 2013 5:56pm () Replies (33)

Kia ora and welcome to our shared space to prepare for and celebrate,

Whakanuia Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2013 - Māori Language Week 2013.

This year the focus is on Ngā Ingoa Māori - Māori names.

"Ko tōku nui, tōku wehi, tōku whakatiketike, tōku reo." 

"My language is my greatness, my inspiration, that which I hold precious."

He aha ā tātou mahi? Me pēhea?  What is our mahi? How can I take part?

  • Learn more about Māori names, including place names and names of people you may know.
  • Use Māori names more frequently and to practice correct pronunciation.
  • Share your stories of using Te Reo in the classroom and of using blended e-learning to teach and celebrate Te Reo Māori.
  • Share resources you have created or found online to support other teachers.
  • Create a digital story of a place special to you, your whānau, your class or your community and then share it with us in this discussion group. 

Ngā rauemi ā-ipurangi.  Resources available online. 

Here is a selection to get you started, please add your own.


Me tīmata tātou. Let's get started.

Let's begin by introducing ourselves.

  • Ko wai tō ingoa? What is your name?
  • How do we pronounce your name correctly?
  • Tell us about the whakapapa of your name.
  • Does your name have a special story or significance? 


  • Josie Woon (View all users posts) 18 Jul 2013 9:08am ()

    Yes I totally agree I am sad that it is only seen as a one week thing.

    One thing as a teacher that I was even more saddened about was my daughter who is half Maori came home upset.  After asking her why it came out that her friends at school ( predominantly pakeha school) were complaining about having to do Te Reo over this week. she took this as a direct insult.  She tried to smooth it over saying its only for one week.

    This got me thinking. Why is it only one week? Why should she have to defend this? And why it a school in this day and age still not integrating more Te Reo?

    As a country if we show support it will filter through to our children.

  • Josie Woon (View all users posts) 18 Jul 2013 5:29pm ()

    I was marking writing books today and this story says it all.  I have Year 2 & 3 children and they were asked why Maori Language Week was so important.

    "Maori language week is so important because it brings us altogether.  So we can learn and use the language of New Zealand.  It brings other people together so others can understand Maori, the language and why it's so special.  Maori people come from all around the world.  If people can't speak Maori we can help."

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