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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? 


  • Karen Spencer (View all users posts) 12 Jun 2013 8:35pm ()

    Kia ora koutou,

    I spend a lot of time explaining or correcting the way my surname is pronounced...as this cartoon, made using the Paper app, shows...




    Ko Karen toku ingoa.

    First name - Karen -  is from the Danish for Catherine (according to the Wikipedia page dedicated to my name;) - and seems to be popular amongst folk born in the 1970s;).

    Second name has mediaeval origins and is pronounced differently in different families....

    "This very unusual and interesting name is of medieval English origins. It is locational from a now lost medieval village in the county of Devonshire called in the 13th century "Melehewis". The derivation is from the Olde English pre 7th century words "maele", meaning brightly coloured, and "hiwisc", a hide of land." [source]

    ...so it's always good to ask me how I like to have it pronounced;) And I'm sure that is the same for everyone else.

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