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Creators on TikTok elevating Māori culture and language

Creators on TikTok elevating Māori culture and language

09 Nov 2021
A growing community of te reo Māori educators are using social media platforms to teach people New Zealand’s indigenous language, which was at risk of total extinction for decades.
New course in Te Tairāwhiti to help implement te reo Maori into the cirruculum.

New course in Te Tairāwhiti to help implement te reo Maori into the cirruculum.

06 Nov 2021
Programme tutor Sue Ngarimu will lead the six-month Te Ahu o te Reo Māori course with the help of three of the region’s kaumatua as kaiawhina.
Shilo Kino: Learning Te reo Māori in the middle of a pandemic

Shilo Kino: Learning Te reo Māori in the middle of a pandemic

02 Nov 2021
Shilo Kino on the struggles of learning in a year-long te reo Māori immersion course when the world is suspended high and dry
Santa Speaks Te Reo: Write To Santa With NZ Post And Receive A Response In Te Reo – Ka Pai! | Scoop News

Santa Speaks Te Reo: Write To Santa With NZ Post And Receive A Response In Te Reo – Ka Pai! | Scoop News

01 Nov 2021
In the past year, we have seen a huge response to Te Wiki o Te Reo Māoriand including more Reo in our everyday lives. NZ Post and Santa understand the importance and NZ Post is proud to be for the third year, offering the magical connection of ...
Author Keri Opai writes book for Māori disenfranchised from te reo

Author Keri Opai writes book for Māori disenfranchised from te reo

21 Oct 2021
Tikanga: An introduction to Te Ao Māori, is a new book to help beginners understand the Māori world.
First road traffic signs in Te Reo Māori – Taihoa, Haere - NZ Herald

First road traffic signs in Te Reo Māori – Taihoa, Haere - NZ Herald

19 Oct 2021
Vehicle drivers in the Bay of Plenty witnessed the first use of :"Taihoa" (Wait) and "Haere" (Go) signs used by traffic managers yesterday.
Magician wows audiences all in te reo Māori - NZ Herald

Magician wows audiences all in te reo Māori - NZ Herald

12 Oct 2021
Api Wairau-Mason is self taught and been collaborating with well-known local magicians.
Two generations discuss their journeys with te reo Māori

Two generations discuss their journeys with te reo Māori

23 Sep 2021
“I've had many conversations where it is like, ‘Oh that's so cool that you're learning te reo Māori, it's such a good hobby to have’. It’s like, no, I’m not learning how to knit, I’m not learning how to dance. I’m learning my voice.”
Demand jumps for job applicants who can speak te reo Māori

Demand jumps for job applicants who can speak te reo Māori

20 Sep 2021
Te reo Māori is not only culturally important, it's also growing in economic value, says a data researcher.
Learning te Reo is a personal journey

Learning te Reo is a personal journey

20 Sep 2021
“Te Wiki o te Reo Māori helps people to know that there is nothing scary about this language, and it’s a language that is ours – that belongs to Aotearoa,” Mike Kawana said.
Couple met learning te reo Māori, now its their son's first language

Couple met learning te reo Māori, now its their son's first language

19 Sep 2021
Casey and Nathan met in a te reo class at work. Now, it's the only language they speak to their toddler son.
Samoan multilinguist shares inspiring story of learning te reo Māori

Samoan multilinguist shares inspiring story of learning te reo Māori

18 Sep 2021
Tuiloma Lina-Jodi Samu is a Samoan multilinguist with eight different languages under her belt. One of those languages is Aotearoa’s very own te reo Māori.
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HRC to stop hearing individual complaints on use of te reo Māori

HRC to stop hearing individual complaints on use of te reo Māori

17 Sep 2021
The Human Rights Commission will no longer consider individual complaints over the use of te reo Māori or the term Pākehā.
RNZ
Māori Party launches petition to change official name of New Zealand to Aotearoa - NZ Herald

Māori Party launches petition to change official name of New Zealand to Aotearoa - NZ Herald

16 Sep 2021
The petition also aims to use te reo Māori names for all towns, cities and places by 2026.
‘Nau mai te rekareka’: We’ve got some sexy reo Māori for you

‘Nau mai te rekareka’: We’ve got some sexy reo Māori for you

16 Sep 2021
It’s important we get to use te reo in all the ways it can be, including the sexy ways!
‘35’ by Ka Hao feat Rob Ruha is the TikTok anthem of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

‘35’ by Ka Hao feat Rob Ruha is the TikTok anthem of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

16 Sep 2021
We spoke to two rangatahi behind NZ's #1 hot single.
Kea Kids News: New video game features wahine Māori

Kea Kids News: New video game features wahine Māori

15 Sep 2021
The game developer hopes Guardian Maia wil inspire more indigenous video gamers.
Graphic designer a 'one wahine waka' taking te reo Māori into homes

Graphic designer a 'one wahine waka' taking te reo Māori into homes

15 Sep 2021
Aroha Tamihana never learnt te reo as a child growing up in Tajikistan, but she's making up for it with a vengeance.
More than a million said to take part in reo Māori moment

More than a million said to take part in reo Māori moment

14 Sep 2021
There was waiata, animation, stories, korero, team quizzes and fitness routines to Poi E.
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How famous New Zealand landmarks got their Māori place names

How famous New Zealand landmarks got their Māori place names

14 Sep 2021
What's in a name? When it comes to our place names, expect rip-roaring yarns taking in everything from early explorers to star-crossed lovers.
TikTok, Twitch new ‘vehicles’ for Māori creators to kōrero, ako te reo Māori

TikTok, Twitch new ‘vehicles’ for Māori creators to kōrero, ako te reo Māori

14 Sep 2021
Thanks to Sonny Ngatai​, more than 175,000 TikTok users know how to correctly pronounce Paraparaumu. A further 97,000 know different ways to sign off their emails in te reo Māori.
‘You’re not going to get a job in te reo Māori’: 3 people who proved this wrong

‘You’re not going to get a job in te reo Māori’: 3 people who proved this wrong

14 Sep 2021

Today we are seeing the fruits of those sacrifices our tīpuna have made in order to save the language. Featuring Te Aorere Pewhairangi, Te Rauhiringa Brown and Hēmi Kelly.

More than 'mā te wā': How Air New Zealand is helping te reo Māori fly

More than 'mā te wā': How Air New Zealand is helping te reo Māori fly

13 Sep 2021
Araraurangi (Air NZ) have released a new app 'Kia Rere' for staff and passengers to practise and improve their reo. The app has a section where users can fill in the details of their journey and learn the sentences in te reo Māori needed to talk about their trip.
A short history of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

A short history of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

13 Sep 2021
Kua tae ki te wā e te whānau! Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, when te reo is proudly marched down the street, when staffrooms around the country are suddenly covered in post-it note reo and when all the Karens and Dons prepare for the apocalypse.
Affirmations for when you need a reminder of your connection to te reo Māori

Affirmations for when you need a reminder of your connection to te reo Māori

13 Sep 2021
These words have been written as something for you to say to yourself so that you remember your connection to this reo.
A te reo Māori glossary for your home

A te reo Māori glossary for your home

13 Sep 2021
I'm busting out the sticky notes to remember these kupu around my whare - how about you?
Learning te reo Māori 'like going home', says fashion designer Kiri Nathan

Learning te reo Māori 'like going home', says fashion designer Kiri Nathan

12 Sep 2021
Finding a year to study full-time was never going to be easy, but Kiri Nathan​ realised being unable to speak her language had become too painful.
'I'm beginning a journey': The inside story of Lorde's surprise mini-album in te reo Māori

'I'm beginning a journey': The inside story of Lorde's surprise mini-album in te reo Māori

09 Sep 2021
Ahead of Te Wiki o Te Reo, Lorde today releases Te Ao Mārama, five songs from Solar Power re-recorded in te reo Māori, the Indigenous language of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Te reo Māori game gets native trees in the ground this lockdown

Te reo Māori game gets native trees in the ground this lockdown

08 Sep 2021
"We’ve partnered with Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori to release a reo Māori version of our popular “Tree Snap” game, Taukapu Rākau," A card game designed to help anyone spot native rākau in the wild so that people can to get to know our taiao in a fun, friendly way.
Popularity of te reo Māori challenge surprises organisers

Popularity of te reo Māori challenge surprises organisers

10 Sep 2021

"I looked at some of the other months, you know, you've got Dry July, No Junk June or whatever they are and then you've got Movember, and I thought: I'm gonna do one for te reo." Since then, Mahuru Māori has grown into something of a movement.

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Six60, Stan Walker, Anna Coddington and many others release new music in te reo

Six60, Stan Walker, Anna Coddington and many others release new music in te reo

04 Sep 2021
Artists including Stan Walker, Che Fu and Six60 have re-released their hits in te reo Māori for another series of Waiata Anthems.
Waiata Anthems: Anna Coddington's mission to normalise te reo Māori for her tamariki - NZ Herald

Waiata Anthems: Anna Coddington's mission to normalise te reo Māori for her tamariki - NZ Herald

10 Sep 2021

Anna Coddington has always been on a reo but said her children were the real 'catalyst'. The singer-songwriter is one of many New Zealand artists who have released a new single in te reo Māori for Waiata Anthems Week called Aho / Beams ft. Louis Baker...

Learning new poi each day in lockdown

Learning new poi each day in lockdown

27 Aug 2021
Ihaka Whanarere Tauri was only a baby when he picked up the poi and has never let it go ever since. Now at 11 years old, he has set up a personal challenge on social media, attracting over 30,000 viewers in three days.  
Kiwis using lockdown to learn 'easy to access' Te Reo Māori

Kiwis using lockdown to learn 'easy to access' Te Reo Māori

27 Aug 2021
Learning te reo in lockdown has been made easier for many, thanks to the efforts of those like Hēmi Kelly, who during the first lockdown started a community group on Facebook . 'A Māori phrase a Day' now has 92,000 people in its waka
Te Nūtube Releases New Hit Reo Māori Single “Paki Mati” In Lockdown! | Scoop News

Te Nūtube Releases New Hit Reo Māori Single “Paki Mati” In Lockdown! | Scoop News

23 Aug 2021
Atareta Milne (11) and Te Haakura Ihimaera-Manley (9) from Te Nūtube are back to entertain tamariki and whānau across Aotearoa, and bring light to our lockdown living. Their new hit waiata (song) “Paki Mati” releases across all major music streaming ...
South Taranaki students help with reo Māori video to recruit Māori into trades

South Taranaki students help with reo Māori video to recruit Māori into trades

23 Aug 2021
A new video entirely in te reo Māori features students from South Taranaki. The campaign aims to show young Māori where a career in trades could take them. The digital campaign coincides with Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) and will run throughout September.
Learning the features of verbs in te reo

Learning the features of verbs in te reo

21 Aug 2021
In te reo there are two main classes of verb: verbs of “doing” (action verbs) and verbs of “being” (stative verbs). - Learn with David Karena-Holmes
The wāhine Māori bringing te reo Māori to audiences through Korean pop music

The wāhine Māori bringing te reo Māori to audiences through Korean pop music

14 Aug 2021
Taylor-Rose Terekia performs Korean pop song covers, but with a twist — she translates them into te reo Māori.
A kaiako on the year's best te reo Māori books for children

A kaiako on the year's best te reo Māori books for children

11 Aug 2021
Pati Hakaria shares her own te reo story, and talks about some of the picture books shortlisted for the Wright Family Foundation Te Kura Pounamu Award for te reo Māori. 
Ngā Tohu o Matariki o te Tau: Māori excellence celebrated at this year's Matariki awards - NZ Herald

Ngā Tohu o Matariki o te Tau: Māori excellence celebrated at this year's Matariki awards - NZ Herald

02 Aug 2021
Stacey Morrison has been recognised for her contribution to the revitalisation of te reo Māori and tikanga. Although she did not speak te reo Māori until adulthood, the mother of three achieved her goal of becoming fluent by the time her children were born.
Teachers say learning te reo is making them better at their jobs

Teachers say learning te reo is making them better at their jobs

01 Aug 2021
Principal Nicola Ngarewa said the simple act of pronouncing children's Māori names correctly made those children feel valued.
RNZ
'It’s everything': 11 wāhine tell us about their relationship to te reo Māori

'It’s everything': 11 wāhine tell us about their relationship to te reo Māori

29 Jul 2021
For Māori, our relationship with reo and culture isn’t straightforward. We’ve had to fight for our language and customs - a journey which looks different for everyone. 
School Report: Kura kaupapa drive top te reo Māori marks up

School Report: Kura kaupapa drive top te reo Māori marks up

26 Jul 2021
Students are leaving school with levels of Māori language proficiency not seen in decades, experts say.
Newshub's Oriini Kaipara on te reo, TV and racism in New Zealand

Newshub's Oriini Kaipara on te reo, TV and racism in New Zealand

25 Jul 2021
Kaipara is a television anchor and mother of four, and she’s only 37. You know her because in 2019 she made headlines for becoming the first woman with a moko kauae, a traditional chin tattoo, to present a mainstream news show when she filled in on TVNZ’s noon bulletin.
Frozen, The Lion King to be dubbed in te reo Māori

Frozen, The Lion King to be dubbed in te reo Māori

23 Jul 2021
Production is underway to create te reo Māori versions of Disney classics, Frozen and The Lion King.
RNZ
A Māori Siri: Voice apps that recognise te reo Māori a possible future

A Māori Siri: Voice apps that recognise te reo Māori a possible future

02 Jul 2021
Human: “Hey Siri, can you take me to Kaitaia?” Siri: “Which car tire?”
Masters study for te reo to launch in July, following national demand - NZ Herald

Masters study for te reo to launch in July, following national demand - NZ Herald

29 Jun 2021

"The programme is about providing Māori language excellence for highly competent Māori language tauira." says kaiako, Pania Papa. The course is said to be very similar to Te Panekiretanga o te Reo, a top Māori language academy which closed its doors two years ago.

Album of songs will celebrate 50 years of Te Matatini

Album of songs will celebrate 50 years of Te Matatini

28 Jun 2021
Songs that epitomise 50 years of Te Matatini will be recorded in an album marking the 50th anniversary of the national kapa haka competition in 2022. “You will hear a vibrant and new sound that will help elevate the Māori language”
Pop-up cafe helps students gain barista and te reo Māori skills

Pop-up cafe helps students gain barista and te reo Māori skills

24 Jun 2021
People can get a discount off their kawhe by using te reo Māori at Awatapu College's pop-up cafe. This is to encourage the normalisation of the language.
Veteran Māori broadcaster stunned by pilot's perfect announcements in te reo

Veteran Māori broadcaster stunned by pilot's perfect announcements in te reo

24 Jun 2021
A pilot's perfect use of te reo impressed a passenger so much that he asked to meet him and was blown away to discover the pilot wasn't Māori, but simply endeavouring to learn and use te reo as much as possible.
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Trade training in Te Reo Māori launched in Waikato

Trade training in Te Reo Māori launched in Waikato

23 Jun 2021
Ngā Taiātea has teamed up with BCITO to provide the first NCEA level 3 building, construction and allied trades skills units in Te Reo Māori. Up until now, only English versions have been available.
Pop chart launches for te reo Māori songs

Pop chart launches for te reo Māori songs

20 Jun 2021
A weekly chart for the most popular songs in te reo Māori is being launched today. The official chart will compile the top 10 songs in te reo Māori by sales, streams and airplay.
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Artist calls out racism after te reo Māori sticker gets graffiti complaint

Artist calls out racism after te reo Māori sticker gets graffiti complaint

16 Jun 2021
Hohepa Thompson is trying to encourage the everyday use of te reo Māori, so he put a label reading rāpihi (rubbish) on the council bin outside his store, but the sticker kept disappearing and then the bin disappeared too...
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How learning te reo Māori helped me heal my mental health

How learning te reo Māori helped me heal my mental health

15 Jun 2021
Like many of our rangatahi, Katelyn Vaha’akolo struggled with her mental health as a teen, but over time she’s found the things that keep her wairua tau and changed her perspective on life - now she wants to encourage others to speak up and find what helps them.
Christchurch teen elevating te reo Māori usage - one floor at a time

Christchurch teen elevating te reo Māori usage - one floor at a time

15 Jun 2021
Rangimarie Te’evale-Hunt, 15, fought for two years to have te reo Māori spoken in her school's lifts. After the involvement of Fair Go, lift company Schindler Lifts agreed to changing the elevator voice to a bi-cultural one.
Mind your language: the backlash against the te reo revival

Mind your language: the backlash against the te reo revival

11 Jun 2021
Why is a minority still threatened by the use of the Māori language?
The Backstory: Why Stuff’s homepage greets you with 'Kia ora, Aotearoa!' not 'Hello, New Zealand!'

The Backstory: Why Stuff’s homepage greets you with 'Kia ora, Aotearoa!' not 'Hello, New Zealand!'

10 Jun 2021
Here’s the beautiful thing about inclusive language: it doesn’t exclude you.
Gentle, respectful, humble: how non-Māori can help revitalise te reo

Gentle, respectful, humble: how non-Māori can help revitalise te reo

16 Apr 2021
“The way that Pākehā engage with te reo is going to be different to a Māori person who has grown up without their ancestral language, seen it battered – literally, beaten out of their whānau..."
Former Katchafire member Hāni Dread releases new waiata saluting te reo revolutionaires

Former Katchafire member Hāni Dread releases new waiata saluting te reo revolutionaires

31 May 2021
Former Katchafire member Hāni Totorewa says his new waiata Kōkiri “is for those who fought for the maori language to be recognised”.
Robert Rakete brought to tears by te reo translation of The Breeze radio jingle

Robert Rakete brought to tears by te reo translation of The Breeze radio jingle

20 May 2021
“I’m so proud that we are doing this — not just because we want to do the right thing — we’re just doing it because we should,” The Breeze host said.
'It was very spiritual': Musicians share stories of song and te reo while recording Waiata/Anthems

'It was very spiritual': Musicians share stories of song and te reo while recording Waiata/Anthems

02 May 2021
"I walked into the studio, met Don, sung it a few times and then left. Little did we know what it would go on to become."
This doesn’t make us less

This doesn’t make us less

02 May 2021
“Some of my generation may never receive the precious gift of time and energy to learn te reo Māori. This doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt. This doesn’t mean it doesn’t cut deeper each day.” Shelley Burne-Field on the pain of being 'reo-less'.
Māori Language Moment recognised in global awards

Māori Language Moment recognised in global awards

29 Apr 2021
Māori Language Moment named a finalist in the globally recognised Reed Awards.
Language, and more: The challenges for kura Māori students arriving at university

Language, and more: The challenges for kura Māori students arriving at university

23 Apr 2021
Raiha Cook grew up attending kura Māori, but when she decided to study at the University of Otago she found the move from te ao Māori to European-style learning difficult. Now she's researching that transition to help make it easier for students to feel safe at mainstream univ...
How non-Māori students play a part in te reo revitalisation

How non-Māori students play a part in te reo revitalisation

23 Feb 2021
A research first has highlighted the important role of non-Māori learning te reo for the revitalisation of the language. Charlotte Muru-Lanning spoke to Dr Will Flavell about where the language is going.  Before he started learning te reo Māori, Dr Will Flavell (Ngā Puhi, Ngā...
Poetry of US civil rights activist Maya Angelou translated and heard in te reo Māori

Poetry of US civil rights activist Maya Angelou translated and heard in te reo Māori

16 Apr 2021
For the first time, well-known poems by famous poet Maya Angelou have been translated into te reo Māori and recited to celebrate wāhine and te reo rangatira.
RNZ
Making te reo Māori cool: what language revitalisation could learn from the Korean Wave

Making te reo Māori cool: what language revitalisation could learn from the Korean Wave

16 Apr 2021
The state-sponsored pop cultural renaissance of Korea shows how language isn't an obstacle to world domination.
Stacey Morrison: Te reo growing pains

Stacey Morrison: Te reo growing pains

16 Apr 2021
When there were cries of "Māori snowflakes" in the media, it seemed to me the writer was inadvertently confirming the genuine snowball effect that Te Reo.
Reikura Kahi: Fuelling a love for te reo

Reikura Kahi: Fuelling a love for te reo

16 Apr 2021
“It's up to us to keep fighting for our language and ensure its survival. Our language is essential to our identity as Māori.” — Reikura Kahi.
I'm non verbal, but that won't stop me from speaking Māori

I'm non verbal, but that won't stop me from speaking Māori

16 Apr 2021
“For me, te reo adds another dimension to being Māori. It enables one to feel a sense of belonging and connection to their culture and I want to be able to experience that privilege.”
Keep your complaints about te reo Māori to yourself, BSA rules

Keep your complaints about te reo Māori to yourself, BSA rules

09 Mar 2021
The regulatory body that investigates complaints about our TV and radio programmes has today made it clear that the use of te reo Māori is not a breach of any broadcasting standard. Since June last year, the Broadcasting Standards Authority has received 27 enquiries about the...
Record enrolment for te reo Māori, foreign languages down

Record enrolment for te reo Māori, foreign languages down

24 Dec 2020
The number of teenagers studying te reo Māori at secondary school has passed 30,000 for the first time.
RNZ
No longer scared to speak my language

No longer scared to speak my language

06 Dec 2020
My whole life I’ve been scared to speak my language. First I was scared of getting it wrong, then I was scared that I was wrong to be speaking it at all.
Keeping Māori storytelling alive

Keeping Māori storytelling alive

29 Nov 2020

In a world where technology is taking over and oral traditions are at risk of dying with our kaumātua, Lee Timutimu, with the help of a few famous friends, has made it his mission to keep Māori storytelling alive.

A whānau affair

A whānau affair

21 Nov 2020
“We have almost four generations of te reo Māori speakers in our family. My goal in life before I leave this earth is that those teachings will funnel down to the next three generations after my children.” — Eli Smith.
Fish and chips and a serving of te reo

Fish and chips and a serving of te reo

15 Nov 2020
The Matthews have been serving up te reo to their customers since 2018. The response from customers was so enthusiastic that they decided to host a beginners reo Māori class at the restaurant. Free. They were blown away when about 3,000 people showed interest.
This Pākehā life

This Pākehā life

12 Nov 2020
“I decided to enrol in an immersion course at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, in South Auckland. My friends were impressed, commending me for my ‘bravery’.” — Alison Jones
Reflecting the reo world

Reflecting the reo world

15 Nov 2020

Kristin Ross on the challenges of raising children in a reo-Māori speaking household. “Their decision to be a reo Māori-speaking household instantly cut off friends and whānau who either didn't agree with their decision or found it too challenging...”

Karena Kelly: Translating Dr Seuss into te reo Māori

Karena Kelly: Translating Dr Seuss into te reo Māori

26 Oct 2020
Dr Karena Kelly, a specialist in Māori language and linguistics, took on the task of translating Seuss’ last book published before his death Oh, The Places You’ll Go.
RNZ
Young Māori clothing designer finds his passion through te reo

Young Māori clothing designer finds his passion through te reo

18 Oct 2020
Luke Moss is a clothing designer from Te Kuiti who makes clothes centred around Māori identity. Luke grew up hating being Māori but connected with his culture after learning te reo.
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Pay attention to those who go before - Tainui Stephens

Pay attention to those who go before - Tainui Stephens

03 Oct 2020
"The words of our old people are the stars that guide us on our language journey", says Tainui Stephens. Here he writes about some of the kaumātua who showed him the way.
Revitalising te reo a three-generation process: Prof Rawinia Higgins

Revitalising te reo a three-generation process: Prof Rawinia Higgins

19 Sep 2020
Hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders joined together to speak, sing and celebrate te reo at midday on Monday. This "Maori Language Moment", part of Te Wiki o te reo Maori, was the single largest celebration of the Maori language in our history.
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Justice Joe Williams on te reo Māori, and synthesising Aotearoa law

Justice Joe Williams on te reo Māori, and synthesising Aotearoa law

19 Sep 2020
“I learned the reo out of joy for the world finally making sense. And I learned the law out of optimism that if it was the agent for the destruction of my koroua’s mana then it equally could be the agent for the reconstruction of the mana of his mokopuna and great mokopuna...”
Hinewehi Mohi: Beyond Twickenham

Hinewehi Mohi: Beyond Twickenham

13 Sep 2020
“We’re talking about the creation of a bilingual music industry... Eventually, all our artists will know that this is something they can access and do, and it will become normal that an artist might have a reo Māori track on their album, as much as they might have a remix.”
A yearning for the reo

A yearning for the reo

20 Aug 2020

“We need to re-establish communities where the language is used in homes and there’s a support network. We want the language to be caught, not taught. We want a living language, not a textbook language, so my whole dream is to reinstate intergenerational transmission ...

Stacey Morrison: Learning te reo Māori is sometimes a luxury

Stacey Morrison: Learning te reo Māori is sometimes a luxury

16 Aug 2020
Learning te reo Māori is not just an academic exercise, says the broadcaster.
Finding your voice through the reo - Tainui Stephens

Finding your voice through the reo - Tainui Stephens

02 Aug 2020
For a long time, I thought that learning te reo Māori was just about learning a language. How wrong I was. Any language represents the personality of the people who speak it. The hardest part about learning Māori, is learning how to think Māori.
Welcome to the reo-volution: On the explosion in Māori language learning

Welcome to the reo-volution: On the explosion in Māori language learning

02 Mar 2020

With te reo Māori classes about to start for 2020, the ‘no vacancy’ signs are going up around the country as people continue to flock to learn our native language. There’s no denying that a reo-volution is underway across Aotearoa.

Pimp my reo - Moana Maniapoto

Pimp my reo - Moana Maniapoto

09 Feb 2020
I’ve always wanted to be confidently fluent and, at times, I’ve felt like it’s been within my grasp, that I’ve almost got there. But then I let it slip away. Other priorities and distractions, life and stuff... I’m going in. It’s time to . . . ā-ā-ākona te reo.
Rawinia Higgins: We’re not being too PC about te reo Māori. We’re worried

Rawinia Higgins: We’re not being too PC about te reo Māori. We’re worried

16 Jan 2020
One of our most well-known food companies, Watties, launched a campaign recently that deliberately misspelled place names, in te reo and English. New Zealand’s first language is endangered. We can’t afford to normalise misspelling and mispronunciation any more than it already is.
Celebrating our reo warriors

Celebrating our reo warriors

01 Dec 2019
“When the Māori Language Commission first opened its doors in 1987, te reo was viewed by many New Zealanders as something that would divide us. Māori language proponents were often seen as the enemy.”
Timoti Karetu: A stickler for standards

Timoti Karetu: A stickler for standards

27 Oct 2019
A couple of years ago, Timoti Karetu, who’s now 82, was knighted for his services to Te Reo Māori. That KNZM wasn’t any surprise because, in a career spanning 60 years, he’d been a major force on behalf of the language — as a school teacher, university lecturer and professor,...
Wellington law firm to train all its staff in te reo Māori

Wellington law firm to train all its staff in te reo Māori

21 Jun 2018
Wellington firm becomes first private organisation in NZ to adopt a "Reo Plan" with Māori Language Commission.
Language advice column now a book

Language advice column now a book

28 Jun 2012
A weekly advice page on Maori language in a school newsletter has turned into a newly published book, launched this month, by Otaki's Hēni Jacob.

Ngākau titikaha means to be confident. Ngākau is heart, titi means to pierce and kaha means strength. Every time I speak reo I feel my heart is pierced with power and strength.

— Shilo Kino.
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New Zealand’s first language is endangered. We can’t afford to normalise misspelling and mispronunciation any more than it already is.

— Professor Rawinia Higgins.
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Kāore ōku toto Māori, engari ko Aotearoa te whenua i whakatipu mai i a au. I don’t have any Māori blood, but Aotearoa is the land that raised me.

— Rosie Remmerswaal.
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When we were dreaming of a world for our daughter, we wanted her whole world to have te reo Māori in it, not just her parents in the house that she lived in. So, when she goes to play, there are things that reflect her reality. When she watches TV, there are shows that reflect her reality. When she’s in the shops, there are things on the shelf that reflect her reality. And so that was the catalyst for Pipi Mā.

— Kristin Ross.
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I learned the reo out of joy for the world finally making sense. And I learned the law out of optimism that if it was the agent for the destruction of my koroua’s mana then it equally could be the agent for the reconstruction of the mana of his mokopuna and great mokopuna, and that is how I get here, really.

— Justice Sir Joe Williams.
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