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He Pikinga Reo: Revision

He Pikinga Reo

Last updated by Nichole Gully


He Pikinga Reo - Te Reo in Māori Medium

Accelerating success as 21st century learners

in Māori, as Māori


Ko tā He Pikinga Reo he piki i te Toihuarewa, tērā i pikitia ai e Tāwhaki hei tiki i ngā kete o te wānanga e pakari ai te reo, te ahurea me te tuakiri. He tohu hoki tēnei o tētahi taumata okioki, o te whakapūioio, o te whanake.

What Participants Can Expect?

He Pikinga Reo (HPR) specifically tailors programmes for pouako and kura to accelerate the development of te reo Māori proficiency; knowledge, skills and strategies in teaching through te reo. HPR also acts to strengthen planning processes from policy to practice in order to raise student achievement. The programme is offered in Te Tai Tokerau, Tāmakimakaurau and across Te Waipounamu in level one and two Māori medium classroom settings.


A blended e-learning approach is utilised in this programme balancing ‘kanohi ki te kanohi’ facilitation with participation in an online reo Māori community using synchronous (same time) and asynchronous (different times) modes of instruction.


Key Programme Areas & Outcomes:

There are three key programme areas HPR facilitation will focus on as represented below.







He Pikinga Reo focuses on the relationship between community, place, language and teaching with student achievement.  As such we will work alongside kura to collaboratively tailor a programme that addresses identified needs based on the following programme outcomes:

  1. Te reo Māori is used regularly and confidently in a range of settings, and for a wide range of purposes, issues and audiences.
  2. Opportunities for iwi to be involved in supporting and implementing initiatives that focus on te reo Māori provision will be created.
  3. The identity, language and culture of ākonga Māori and their whānau, hapū and iwi are embedded in teachers’ practices.
  4. Te reo Māori supports pouako in kura and Māori medium settings to implement Te Marautanga o Aotearoa successfully.
  5. Pouako increase their use of effective teaching and learning pedagogies that develop a full range of linguistic competencies, including functional language use, breadth of language knowledge and linguistic strategies.
  6. Pouako have a deepened understanding of second language theories and teaching methodologies and use approaches appropriate to the level of reo proficiency of their ākonga.
  7. Pouako have high expectations of all their ākonga and set clear and measurable outcomes.
  8. Pouako draw on and are responsive to the identity, language and culture of ākonga who identify as Pasifika and those who have special education needs. All ākonga experience success.
  9. Leaders have coherent policies and practices in place to ensure te reo Māori proficiency, knowledge and understanding of pouako and ākonga are accelerated.
  10. Increasing use is made of e-learning environments for delivering PLD services and in ākonga learning.


Ngā Poutakawaenga


Wharehoka Wano is the Project Manager for He Pikinga Reo, based in New Plymouth.  “Ko Taranaki, ko Te Atiawa ngā iwi, ko Kurahaupō ko Tokomaru ngā waka, ko Taranaki te maunga. Ko Ngāti Awa te iwi, ko Mataatua te waka, ko Putauaki te maunga.” Wharehoka has worked on the design and delivery of national education programmes across a number of sectors for Māori student achievement. Wharehoka also sits on the Senior Leadership Team for Core Education.


Nichole Gully is the Regional Co-ordinator and Team Leader, based in Christchurch. Nichole hails from Te Tai Rāwhiti - Te Aitanga-ā-Māhaki and Rongomaiwahine. Nichole is a trained secondary Māori teacher and has 12 years experience lecturing Te Reo Māori and Māori medium education specializing in language learning methodologies and language revitalization. Nichole has a Masters of Teaching and Learning and is a graduate of Te Panekiretanga o te Reo.


Tahu Paki is a Facilitator for He Pikinga Reo, based in Whakatū, Nelson. Tahu has whakapapa links to Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāpuhi. Tahu is a primary trained teacher and has a background teaching in Kura Kaupapa Māori and bilingual units in Christchurch. Tahu uses his passion for performing arts in his professional practice as a strategy to acquire te reo Māori and learn about and through the Māori world.  Tahu completed his Postgraduate Diploma of Māori Bilingual and Immersion Teaching in 2011.


Hoana Hati is a Facilitator for He Pikinga Reo, based in Moerewa, Te Taitokerau. Hoana was born and bred in the heart of Ngāpuhi, Te Taitokerau. Hoana is an experienced teacher and an experienced Principal having worked in the early childhood to adult teaching sectors. Hoana has a passion for revitalizing te reo o Te Taitokerau, making whakapapa links with people of the far north and whānau ora.


Wawaro Te Whaiti is the Online Facilitator for He Pikinga Reo, based in Palmerston North. Wawaro is of Ngāti Kahunungu and Ngāi Tahu descent. Wawaro is primary trained and has a background in teaching in Kōhanga Reo and Kura Kaupapa Māori. Most recently she has worked in the Māori Medium literacy sector writing and publishing resources for schools. Wawaro is a graduate of Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo.



Te Mihinga Komene is a Facilitator for He Pikinga Reo, based in Tāmakimakaurau, Auckland. Te Mihinga has whakapapa links from Ngāpuhi, Tainui-Maniapoto, Ngāti Whakaue and Ngati Porou. Te Mihinga has taught in the primary, secondary, and tertiary sectors across Aotearoa and is an experienced Te Reo Māori lecturer. Te Mihinga has experience in Māori Medium Publishing having worked for Huia Publishers for the past 3 years and has a passion for drama and performance. Te Mihinga is a graduate of Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo.