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Your eyes and ears for reo Māori news and media. We share new stories often, so tune in to stay up-to-date with what's happening in the reo Māori space.

Rangatahi go head-to-head for spot in new Wheturangihia play

Rangatahi go head-to-head for spot in new Wheturangihia play

18 Jul 2024
Te Whare Tapere o Te Arawa held auditions for their play Wheturangihia, the play which looks at Matariki and the healing powers of it brings together Māori students from across Te Arawa to give them an opportunity to showcase their abilities.
Kahu Collection brings whānau aspirations to life

Kahu Collection brings whānau aspirations to life

17 Jul 2024
“As a tamaiti of kōhanga reo and now kura kaupapa Māori, she also wanted to reflect her strong commitment to advancing te reo Māori and striving for excellence. And the Poraka Poutama is the living embodiment of that.
Auckland University dedicates library space to speaking te reo

Auckland University dedicates library space to speaking te reo

17 Jul 2024
The university has launched ReoSpace - a space in its main library where students can kōrero in an immersive environment.
Kōanga Festival: The ‘beating heart’ of Māori storytelling turns 10

Kōanga Festival: The ‘beating heart’ of Māori storytelling turns 10

17 Jul 2024
This year, Kōanga is partnering with New Zealand Opera for Tōiri, hosted by opera star Kawiti Waetford with four kaiwaiata who will sing opera in te reo Māori. The special event is during Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.
Ako Ararau expo focused on whānau relearning their reo video icon

Ako Ararau expo focused on whānau relearning their reo

16 Jul 2024
Ako Ararau Māori Expo 2024 has attracted over eight hundred reo Māori language experts, learners and practitioners from across Aotearoa.
‘Matariki He Kāhui Reo’ wows audience in debut show

‘Matariki He Kāhui Reo’ wows audience in debut show

16 Jul 2024
Hundreds packed out the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell last night to witness the debut performance of Matariki He Kāhui Reo (Matariki, a constellation of voices).
Waikato's IA Make Us a Te Reo Māori Playlist

Waikato's IA Make Us a Te Reo Māori Playlist

15 Jul 2024

To celebrate their new song 'Kura Huna', Reti Hedley, frontman of Waikato band IA, shares the te reo Māori songs he's got on repeat.

Programme aims to marry traditional koha concept and today’s tech

Programme aims to marry traditional koha concept and today’s tech

15 Jul 2024
“Our app’s not there to replace the envelope that does down - that’s always going to do down, that’s always going to be our tohu aroha (token of love).”
‘Ka mua, ka muri’ - new theatre show set to tour Aotearoa

‘Ka mua, ka muri’ - new theatre show set to tour Aotearoa

15 Jul 2024
The show is inspired by the whakataukī, Kia whakatōmuri te haere whakamua (I walk backwards into the future with my eyes fixed on my past).
We're a people who need to pray

We're a people who need to pray

14 Jul 2024
To find your own quiet space, and to send out your vibrations to the world beyond — even if it’s just with Te Inoi a te Ariki — is to participate fully in the Māori world by simply being in sync with the gods of our understanding.
Iwi-inspired wāhi tākaro opened at Kaipātiki Reserve

Iwi-inspired wāhi tākaro opened at Kaipātiki Reserve

13 Jul 2024
A new Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara inspired wāhi tākaro, play space and community recreational area, has been opened at the reserve well-known for the Parakai Springs hot pool complex.
How Māori media has contributed to the revival of te reo

How Māori media has contributed to the revival of te reo

13 Jul 2024
Te Māngai Pāho was created in 1994 and is responsible for promoting te reo Māori and te ao Māori through funding Māori-language radio and TV programmes.
Huia Releases 'Tīaho Aho'

Huia Releases 'Tīaho Aho'

12 Jul 2024
This is the second waiata from Huia's Kawakawa album project, where she will drop a new waiata Māori every 6 weeks.
‘You just have to put yourself out there’, winner says

‘You just have to put yourself out there’, winner says

12 Jul 2024
One award-winning student hopes to pave the way for her junior peers, reminding them not to "be afraid to be Māori".
From the haka stage to the basketball court - Waikimihia Douglas-Karauna is taking te ao Māori to the world

From the haka stage to the basketball court - Waikimihia Douglas-Karauna is taking te ao Māori to the world

11 Jul 2024
Douglas-Karauna says she’s had a packed schedule as she was also in Nelson last month, representing Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Koutu on the national kapa haka stage.
The future of Te Ao Haka: How to watch and join the Wānanga ā-Motu

The future of Te Ao Haka: How to watch and join the Wānanga ā-Motu

11 Jul 2024
Te Ao Māori News partners with Te Reo o Te Uru, Aukaha News, Tahu News and Te Karere to bring you live updates from Tūrangawaewae.
Ōtautahi Christchurch legends Dillastrate release special new waiata, ‘Māwherangi’

Ōtautahi Christchurch legends Dillastrate release special new waiata, ‘Māwherangi’

11 Jul 2024
Christchurch duo Dillastrate has released a new waiata Māwherangi.
Mabel Wharekawa discusses Taikura kapa haka 2024 video icon

Mabel Wharekawa discusses Taikura kapa haka 2024

10 Jul 2024
Guardians of kapa haka and kaumātua from across the motu gathered in the capital city to share the Matariki spirit with what we do best, kapa haka.
New Māori resource for Olympic Games launched: Cheer on our Olympians in te reo Māori!

New Māori resource for Olympic Games launched: Cheer on our Olympians in te reo Māori!

10 Jul 2024

Te reo Māori is going all the way to Paris as the first-ever bilingual sporting resource for an Olympic Games is  launched today.

$10k up for grabs as Waha Kōrero celebrates reo Māori excellence

$10k up for grabs as Waha Kōrero celebrates reo Māori excellence

10 Jul 2024

Waha Kōrero, a new kaupapa from Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (Māori Language Commission) for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, welcomes competitors to “prepare their voices and minds to soar”.

Waha Kōrero: New speech competition for proficient reo Māori speakers

Waha Kōrero: New speech competition for proficient reo Māori speakers

10 Jul 2024

Te Taura Whiri is bringing a new kaupapa to Te Wiki o te reo Māori - Waha Kōrero - an opportunity for native and highly proficient speakers of te reo Māori.

Wahine Māori named UN EMRIP chair to further indigenous rights

Wahine Māori named UN EMRIP chair to further indigenous rights

10 Jul 2024
Dr Valmaine Toki has been appointed chair of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Mana whenua gift Māori names for Auckland Transport busway

Mana whenua gift Māori names for Auckland Transport busway

10 Jul 2024
Auckland Transport says they’re honoured to have been gifted te reo Māori names for the Eastern Busway by Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki and Ngāti Whanaunga.
Tainapu: Normalising te reo in standup comedy video icon

Tainapu: Normalising te reo in standup comedy

08 Jul 2024
The first ever reo Māori standup comedy show took place over the weekend. The entire event is about normalising the language in an informal setting.
Aotearoa-NZ's first trilingual interpreter Stephanie Awheto dies

Aotearoa-NZ's first trilingual interpreter Stephanie Awheto dies

08 Jul 2024
A long-serving advocate for the Māori deaf community whose work spanned three decades, Awheto helped bridge the gap for turi Māori to reconnect with te ao Māori.
Mihingarangi Forbes: I’ve still got heaps of gas in the tank

Mihingarangi Forbes: I’ve still got heaps of gas in the tank

07 Jul 2024
"I'm certainly gonna be around in the next 15 to 20 years. I want to be part of something incredible that really makes a shift for us in broadcasting in terms of rangatiratanga and motuhake. We need to be in charge of our own platforms. And that's my goal."
How a phone greeting helped revitalise te reo Māori

How a phone greeting helped revitalise te reo Māori

06 Jul 2024
The simple act of answering the phone with the now widely-used Māori greeting "kia ora" nearly lost Dame Naida Glavish her job 40 years ago.
'Heartfelt': Community celebrates the rising of Matariki

'Heartfelt': Community celebrates the rising of Matariki

05 Jul 2024
Matariki was “front footing” the reclamation of women in ceremony, “and ultimately honouring our female counterparts”.
Māori and Pasifika names have a long history of being butchered by sports commentators: academics

Māori and Pasifika names have a long history of being butchered by sports commentators: academics

05 Jul 2024
Pacific and Māori names have a history of being butchered, made fun of, or completely ignored in sport. We have advocated fiercely against this trend.
APRA Silver Scroll and Maioha finalists announced

APRA Silver Scroll and Maioha finalists announced

05 Jul 2024
Additionally, five songs have been shortlisted for the APRA Maioha Award, which celebrates waiata reo Māori.
Te Pūtahi o Manurewa ready to welcome their new students

Te Pūtahi o Manurewa ready to welcome their new students

05 Jul 2024
Te Pūtahi o Manurewa is a dream that has taken 20 years to achieve and will see the combining of both TKKM o Manurewa and Te Wharekura o Manurewa at the same campus.
Haere rā Newshub - A look back at the Māori journalists who shone

Haere rā Newshub - A look back at the Māori journalists who shone

05 Jul 2024
Tonight marks the final Newshub bulletin, and with its closure, we spoke to reporter Leighton Heikell about how Māori journalists were represented at the network over the last 34 years.
Marlborough Ngā Manu Kōrero finalist is ‘something special’

Marlborough Ngā Manu Kōrero finalist is ‘something special’

05 Jul 2024
The college already had many second language learners within their cohort, but Kendal hoped Manaia’s Ngā Manu Kōrero success would inspire more to take up te reo as a subject option.
A kapa haka champion's welcome for Ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Puku o Te Ika video icon

A kapa haka champion's welcome for Ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Puku o Te Ika

03 Jul 2024
Te Arawa welcomes national champions of kapahaka kuratuarua Ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Puku o Te Ika ā Māui home onto Ruamatā Marae.
Te Rau o Te Huia: Using AI to connect rangatahi with heritage

Te Rau o Te Huia: Using AI to connect rangatahi with heritage

03 Jul 2024
Dan Te Whenua Walker has created a custom AI to preserve mātauranga about his home in Taranaki.
Te Awe Kōtuku protected mātauranga Māori at height of pandemic - report

Te Awe Kōtuku protected mātauranga Māori at height of pandemic - report

03 Jul 2024
An independent kaupapa Māori assessment documents early impacts and benefits of the Te Awe Kōtuku programme in supporting mātauranga Māori.
Tōnui Collab wins big at Matihiko awards for STEMM education in Tairāwhiti

Tōnui Collab wins big at Matihiko awards for STEMM education in Tairāwhiti

03 Jul 2024
Tōnui Collab, a Tairawhiti-based innovator in bilingual STEMM education, achieved a triple whammy at this year’s Matihiko awards.
From Gizzy to the Olympics: Ishtar Mackey-Huriwai to rep Aotearoa in Paris

From Gizzy to the Olympics: Ishtar Mackey-Huriwai to rep Aotearoa in Paris

03 Jul 2024
I know when I enter the ring, I have my tīpuna and my whānau behind me. Ahakoa he kotahi he manomano.”
Ngāi Tahu reflects on a successful Matariki

Ngāi Tahu reflects on a successful Matariki

02 Jul 2024
Members of Ngāi Tahu are reflecting on the revival of karakia and te reo - which was on full display at the national Matariki commemorations.
Mātātoa: The CrossFit competition that blends fitness and te reo

Mātātoa: The CrossFit competition that blends fitness and te reo

02 Jul 2024
"This is one of many kaupapa that we run and as a wider whānau growing up we've always been very kaupapa and all paddling the same waka no matter what the kaupapa is."
Celebrating 30 Years of Te Reo Māori Broadcasting: Te Māngai Pāho Marks Milestone Anniversary

Celebrating 30 Years of Te Reo Māori Broadcasting: Te Māngai Pāho Marks Milestone Anniversary

01 Jul 2024

This month, Te Māngai Pāho are excited to celebrate 30 years of funding te reo Māori content for Aotearoa.

Temuera Morrison: Walking in my tupuna's shoes

Temuera Morrison: Walking in my tupuna's shoes

30 Jun 2024

“It was scary stuff to walk in those shoes. I just don't think we have anywhere near the gifts and the special powers that our tūpuna had.”

Japan tamariki haka for Māori All Blacks

Japan tamariki haka for Māori All Blacks

30 Jun 2024
Local children expressed a 'heartfelt welcome' to the Māori All Blacks this week.
Anna Coddington releases a bilingual album for the dancefloor

Anna Coddington releases a bilingual album for the dancefloor

29 Jun 2024
Anna Coddington has released a brand new, bilingual album called Te Whakamiha, released for Matariki and created with her longtime collaborators and band, The Appreciations.
Pride and progress take centre stage in Te Tauihu

Pride and progress take centre stage in Te Tauihu

29 Jun 2024
What may not be obvious is that events like Te Huinga Whetū are not just moments in time; they leave an indelible mark on communities like ours and generate more momentum for revitalisation.
‘My grandchildren will hear the Ojibwe language into the future’

‘My grandchildren will hear the Ojibwe language into the future’

29 Jun 2024
North American First Nation speakers of the indigenous Ojibwe language are celebrating a blockbuster opportunity to use “the Force” to help preserve their language.
Mānawatia a Matariki: National hautapu held in Wānaka video icon

Mānawatia a Matariki: National hautapu held in Wānaka

28 Jun 2024
E te iwi, Mānawatia a Matariki! The national hautapu ceremony has gone South, hosted by Ngāi Tahu iwi in Wānaka.
Matariki: Rereata Makiha

Matariki: Rereata Makiha

28 Jun 2024

All iwi celebrate the Maori New Year in June or July, but not all refer to it as Matariki. Instead, this time of year is called 'Puanga'.

Matariki ideal time to learn about autism from a Māori world view

Matariki ideal time to learn about autism from a Māori world view

28 Jun 2024
The origins of Matariki mean it can have a special significance for tāngata whaikaha, people with disabilities.
Professor Rangi Matamua and the rising Matariki movement

Professor Rangi Matamua and the rising Matariki movement

28 Jun 2024
Since it became a public holiday in 2022, Matamua says support for the celebration continues to grow. Many iwi across the country have tailored their own approaches and traditional knowledge related to the maramataka and Matariki.
Māori and Tamil waiata brings communities together

Māori and Tamil waiata brings communities together

28 Jun 2024
Canada-based musician Wilbur Sargunaraj has collaborated with Māori artists to create a unique cross-cultural song about kinship and connections.
New whakairo, poupou unveiled in Kaitaia video icon

New whakairo, poupou unveiled in Kaitaia

27 Jun 2024
New carvings and poupou have been unveiled to accompany buildings that will help uplift whānau in need in Kaitaia.
Aroha ki te tangata: Inside the lives of Māori wardens

Aroha ki te tangata: Inside the lives of Māori wardens

27 Jun 2024
This series of six video stories gives viewers an intimate look at the day-to-day dedication of six Māori wardens working in various North Island communities.
New digital artwork unveiled at Waipapa Taumata Rau

New digital artwork unveiled at Waipapa Taumata Rau

27 Jun 2024
Māramatanga showcases six performers embodying ātua and ancestral figures that draw inspiration from the carvings in the nearby whare whakairo of Waipapa Marae, Tāne-nui-a-rangi.
Taikura Kapa Haka: Living legends return to stage at Te Papa

Taikura Kapa Haka: Living legends return to stage at Te Papa

27 Jun 2024
The term “taikura” refers to the aged rings at the heart of the tōtara tree, symbolising kaumātua as the heart and soul of the people.
Tohunga toi awarded for contribution to Māori weaving and culture

Tohunga toi awarded for contribution to Māori weaving and culture

27 Jun 2024
Māori weaver and educator Christina Hurihia Wirihana was recognised last night for her contribution and dedication to Te ao Māori.
Kids become myrtle rust busters with new game

Kids become myrtle rust busters with new game

27 Jun 2024
‘E heke e Heka!’, available in both English and Te Reo Māori, takes the user on an interactive hīkoi (walk) through the ngahere (forest) with Tiki the native stick insect as a guide.
How AI is helping Māori recover their own voices

How AI is helping Māori recover their own voices

27 Jun 2024

Using around 10,000 written or printed sentences, along with 500 spoken phrases, the group is training Microsoft Azure AI tools to not only translate but speak the local Nāti dialect.

Corporate change award recognises indigenous impact at Microsoft

Corporate change award recognises indigenous impact at Microsoft

27 Jun 2024
Isaac Morunga has been named one of the latest recipients of the Matihiko Awards, which celebrate excellence and contributions across various kaupapa in the digital space.
Māori celebrate Matariki in Australia

Māori celebrate Matariki in Australia

27 Jun 2024
Ohinga visited the first Matariki festival on the Gold Coast to see how it’s being celebrated.
Science symposium takes place, inspiring rangatahi in Te Taitokerau

Science symposium takes place, inspiring rangatahi in Te Taitokerau

26 Jun 2024
A science symposium, incorporating Mātauranga Māori is on show at Te Ahu, Kaitaia to inspire local high school students and members of the Far North community.
Harmonic Resonators are on song for Matariki

Harmonic Resonators are on song for Matariki

26 Jun 2024
The harmonisers have recorded a song for children to learn the Matariki cluster.
Celebrate Matariki with a hautapu ceremony at home

Celebrate Matariki with a hautapu ceremony at home

26 Jun 2024
'Hosting a hautapu at home can be simple,' says Leroy de Thierry. Here's how.
‘Matariki baby’ Stacey Morrison heads home for special broadcast

‘Matariki baby’ Stacey Morrison heads home for special broadcast

25 Jun 2024
Morrison spoke to Stuff ahead of the official Mānawatia a Matariki 2024 broadcast from Treble Cone in Wānaka, a significant event for home iwi Ngāi Tahu.
The meaning and stories behind Māori place names in Otago

The meaning and stories behind Māori place names in Otago

25 Jun 2024
Ōtepoti, Taieri and Kaikorai are well known names to people in Dunedin and Otago - but where did they come from and what do they mean?
Margaret Raggett - Profile

Margaret Raggett - Profile

25 Jun 2024
“Just ordinary everyday pop” is how she described her songs to a Playdate interviewer in 1961, but those songs covered a wide range of styles and moods: country, rockabilly, ballads, and waiata in te reo Māori.
Te Aupōuri Iwi Wānanga Bring Kaumātua And Rangatahi Together

Te Aupōuri Iwi Wānanga Bring Kaumātua And Rangatahi Together

25 Jun 2024
Kōrero tuku iho and waiata are important modes of learning history of Te Aupōuri.
Matariki, Māori New Year in Te Ao Māori

Matariki, Māori New Year in Te Ao Māori

25 Jun 2024
Some of the educational touchpoints this year include Marshall Park, where Te Reo Māori speakers will be to help guide guests through pronunciation of words relating to Matariki and their meanings – the trees will have these key words hanging in them, too.
Thousands sing Nei Rā Te Kaupapa at kura tuarua kapa haka nats video icon

Thousands sing Nei Rā Te Kaupapa at kura tuarua kapa haka nats

24 Jun 2024
Before they compete tomorrow, thousands sang Nei Rā Te Kaupapa in unison to close out the pōwhiri for Te Huinga Whetū Kapa Haka Kura Tuarua o Aotearoa.
South Taranaki church hosting bilingual service for Matariki

South Taranaki church hosting bilingual service for Matariki

24 Jun 2024
A church in Eltham will once again be filled with songs of praise in te reo Māori and English during a special bilingual service for Matariki.
‘We’ve weathered the storm’: Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei launch new waka after almost 25-year wait

‘We’ve weathered the storm’: Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei launch new waka after almost 25-year wait

24 Jun 2024
“If you know our legends, Tāne Mahuta and Tangaroa, two brothers who’ve been mortal enemies with each other. To take a child (tree) from one and give it to the other, you need to sort that out... sort all your issues on the land then we give that canoe to the ocean.”
Māori Spirituality, Life and Death with Rereata Makiha video icon

Māori Spirituality, Life and Death with Rereata Makiha

23 Jun 2024
Rereata Makiha grew up immersed in the Maramataka or Māori calendar. He was taught an intricate system of beliefs and observations that existed long before Christianity arrived.
He's 80 years old and discovering the power of te reo

He's 80 years old and discovering the power of te reo

23 Jun 2024
“When I first started coaching in the 1980s, I didn’t have the right language to express the values that have always guided me. They were expressed in European terms.”
Being Māori: ‘Some of us are still finding our way back’

Being Māori: ‘Some of us are still finding our way back’

23 Jun 2024
“Growing up, my connection to ao Māori was non-existent. My dad taught us that learning Māori and being Māori wouldn't get us far in life.”
Te Mata o te Tini - Sir Selwyn Tanetoa Parata knighted in Ruatorea

Te Mata o te Tini - Sir Selwyn Tanetoa Parata knighted in Ruatorea

23 Jun 2024
Thousands gather to honour Sir Selwyn Parata for his services to te iwi Māori.
Real soul food: The Hāngi Master reveals top tips to eating well this Matariki

Real soul food: The Hāngi Master reveals top tips to eating well this Matariki

23 Jun 2024
Two Northland cousins with a passion for food, whānau and whenua are sharing their secrets to the best traditional Māori kai this Matariki.
The iwi artist ‘dazzling’ downtown Tāmaki Makaurau

The iwi artist ‘dazzling’ downtown Tāmaki Makaurau

23 Jun 2024
A dazzling Matariki light display by Pāora Puru is lighting up downtown Tāmaki Makaurau. Soon, another of his creations will tell a second 'beautiful Māori story' in lights.
Matariki recipes: Uncle Pare’s kai and kōrero

Matariki recipes: Uncle Pare’s kai and kōrero

22 Jun 2024
The theme for Matariki 2024 is Matariki Heri Kai: the feast of Matariki. It comes from the Māori proverb, Matariki whetū heri kai, meaning Matariki, the bringer of food.
'Clever' puppy goes viral for being able to count in te reo Māori

'Clever' puppy goes viral for being able to count in te reo Māori

21 Jun 2024
User @dartagnanlewis on TikTok shared a video of their clever pup understanding the reo.
Te Manawa launches: unites artists across Tāmaki Makaurau

Te Manawa launches: unites artists across Tāmaki Makaurau

21 Jun 2024
Te Manawa has a kāhui of senior Māori artists across Tāmaki Makaurau, including Māori theatre, dancers, rāranga, Te Whare Pora, Māori comedy, visual arts, poetry and spoken word.
Place name changes: From Whanganui to Kororāreka, what you need to know

Place name changes: From Whanganui to Kororāreka, what you need to know

21 Jun 2024
The changes - which affect suburbs, towns, parks, rivers, maunga and streets - are often made to restore te reo Māori names, but there are other reasons, too.
‘Heart of campus’ AUT strengthen ties with Ngāti Paoa over new building

‘Heart of campus’ AUT strengthen ties with Ngāti Paoa over new building

21 Jun 2024
“We were pondering about our chiefly ancestor Tukutuku, the second wife of the ancestor Paoa. There is also a connection in the works of the tukutuku panels and whatu raranga, which binds this tribe and that tribe, no matter where they’re from.”
Te Māngai Pāho celebrates 30 years in July video icon

Te Māngai Pāho celebrates 30 years in July

20 Jun 2024
In July, Te Māngai Pāho will be celebrating 30 years since its doors opened in 1994. Today they are planning this significant milestone with the Māori media sector.
Tāmihana; 'A legacy of servant leadership in Aotearoa' exhibition opens video icon

Tāmihana; 'A legacy of servant leadership in Aotearoa' exhibition opens

20 Jun 2024
Ōtorohanga Museum opened its doors to "Ki te Kapu o Taku Ringa – In the Palm of My Hand", an exhibition and photo book launch inspired by King Tāwhiao's 'Maioha mō Waikato'.
Growing Great Facilitators

Growing Great Facilitators

20 Jun 2024
Arihia Latham, Kaikōkiri Māori Advisor for Enviroschools, ran a series of rich sessions exploring aspects of Te Ao Māori, unpacking the differences between karakia, pepeha and mihi, exploring whakapapa and facilitating kōrero about the importance of connecting with local hapū.
He Reo Tawhito: Conversations About Mōteatea

He Reo Tawhito: Conversations About Mōteatea

20 Jun 2024
Rich and poetic, He Reo Tawhito: Conversations about Mōteatea offers further understanding about this ancient art form, with host Crystal Edwards.
Rising star: Actor Hinerangi Harawira Nicholas

Rising star: Actor Hinerangi Harawira Nicholas

20 Jun 2024
Last week the Tūhoe teenager made her big screen debut in new Māori-led film Ka Whawhai Tonu, alongside Temuera Morrison, Cliff Curtis and Miriama Smith.
Kōkōrangi: Māori astronomer guiding crowds into the New Year

Kōkōrangi: Māori astronomer guiding crowds into the New Year

20 Jun 2024
“We all descend from Ngā Whetū (the stars), we all descend from our tūpuna who were navigators. We built our culture around our understanding of te taiao (the environment) and that was built upon kōkōrangi.”
Whakaata Māori and Sky Sport to simulcast Matariki rugby matches

Whakaata Māori and Sky Sport to simulcast Matariki rugby matches

20 Jun 2024
Commentary will be provided by Te Ao Māori News’ Tūmamao Harawira (Ngāpuhi) and Whakaata Māori’s Te Aorere Pēwhairangi (Ngāti Porou) in te reo Māori, with Tony Johnson and Bryn Hall calling the matches in English.
Ceremonial kūwaha renewed in time for Prime Minister's visit to Tokyo

Ceremonial kūwaha renewed in time for Prime Minister's visit to Tokyo

19 Jun 2024
I always say that our Māori culture transcends boundaries and brings people together ahakoa te kaupapa it seems to cut through."
Overseas musicians thirsty for te reo Māori music

Overseas musicians thirsty for te reo Māori music

19 Jun 2024
Jordyn Rapana notes the irony that, while at home the use of Māori is being slammed, overseas the appetite for te reo Māori and Māori music remains huge.
Wānanga waiata held in Hokianga video icon

Wānanga waiata held in Hokianga

18 Jun 2024
Hokianga kura were part of a wānanga at Motukaraka to compose waiata and ensure the legacy of Wai262 thrives.
Piripi's adventures continue across the ditch

Piripi's adventures continue across the ditch

18 Jun 2024
The wider whānau love the show because nobody is acting and there's no script, Kupenga-Keefe says. That extends to the use of te reo in the show.
Four young Māori earn scholarships for ivy league education

Four young Māori earn scholarships for ivy league education

17 Jun 2024
“I am fortunate to have attended a kura where I see the unapologetic acceptance and integration of culture into our daily education. Teachers and students alike learn and understand the significance of pepeha, mihi, haka and waiata as well as proper tikanga.
Eat my stories: The futures of Māori theatre

Eat my stories: The futures of Māori theatre

16 Jun 2024
Whakapaupakihi was created with three intentions: “To remind everyone of how epic our ancestors and their stories are; to create the Māori Marvel for our children; to write and perform a musical work in our First Language, te reo Māori.” Forget Hamilton!
Please don't ask me to prove that I'm Māori enough

Please don't ask me to prove that I'm Māori enough

15 Jun 2024
I did not grow up speaking te reo. I can’t go back in time and attend Kohanga or convince my parents to give me a Māori name. Nor can I play the guitar well enough to support a waiata tautoko...
Earliest known oil painting of a haka on display in Auckland

Earliest known oil painting of a haka on display in Auckland

15 Jun 2024

“The Taranaki iwi connected to this painting have been kind and generous in sharing their knowledge and mātauranga to provide a more fulsome historical context."

‘Blew them away’: Rangatahi in awe of te reo Māori virtual reality game

‘Blew them away’: Rangatahi in awe of te reo Māori virtual reality game

15 Jun 2024
Wiremu Grace’s 'Atuatanga’ VR game is free to play in Christchurch and Wellington during the Doc Edge festival. Later, it’s hoped it can be taken to kura and marae to experience.
 Indigenous method used for freshwater fish conservation efforts

Indigenous method used for freshwater fish conservation efforts

14 Jun 2024
This initiative is one of many that will contribute to an ambitious 500-year restoration plan by Zealandia Te Māra a Tane.
New World’s closing store call in Māori caught on video goes viral

New World’s closing store call in Māori caught on video goes viral

14 Jun 2024
A video of a New World Ōpōtiki staff member announcing the closing of their store in Māori has received praise from the public.
World-first Māori language festival welcomes all to Heretaunga

World-first Māori language festival welcomes all to Heretaunga

13 Jun 2024

Heretaunga Hastings will host a world-first Māori language and culture festival, Toitū Te Reo, on August 8 and 9 this year.

‘Hold onto the dream’: Ka Whawhai Tonu theme song released today

‘Hold onto the dream’: Ka Whawhai Tonu theme song released today

13 Jun 2024
The composers for the film, Tiki Taane (Ngāti Maniapoto) and Arli Liberman, were challenged by the filmmakers to write a theme and closing song for the film that would emotionally, spiritually, and sonically lift the audience from the gravity of the historical kaupapa portraye...
Te reo Māori in public sector: More work to be done for normalisation of te reo

Te reo Māori in public sector: More work to be done for normalisation of te reo

13 Jun 2024
"Kotahi te reo ake o tēnei whenua, katoa ngā reo i haria mai, i haria mai i rāwahi, i whenua kē. Koinei mātau e mea nei me kōrero Māori a Aotearoa whānui."
Special Kuapola Hautapu for Makali'i-Matariki in Hawai’i

Special Kuapola Hautapu for Makali'i-Matariki in Hawai’i

12 Jun 2024
Kānaka Maoli of Hawai'i and Māori hold special Kuapola Hautapu ceremony to celebrate the rise of Makali'i or Matariki.
From Aoraki to Whanganui: 25 of Aotearoa’s best new (old) placenames

From Aoraki to Whanganui: 25 of Aotearoa’s best new (old) placenames

11 Jun 2024
Petone to Pito One is the latest in a long line of placename corrections in Aotearoa. Here are 25 of our favourites.
Puaka in the spotlight this Matariki

Puaka in the spotlight this Matariki

11 Jun 2024
Puaka is one of the small ways the beginning of the maramataka (Māori lunar calendar) has different significance to southern Māori who, historically, built their livelihoods off harvesting wild foods, rather than crops as was done up north.
Life as a Māori translator

Life as a Māori translator

10 Jun 2024
“Translators can continue to uplift and promote the language for our children.” 
The future of Aotearoa is entwined with the future of Māori

The future of Aotearoa is entwined with the future of Māori

10 Jun 2024
With a large population of rangatahi and the widespread presence of kōhanga reo, kura kaupapa Māori and wharekura, there is also a chance for the continued revitalisation and preservation of Māori culture, language and traditions.
Returning musician Hinewirangi Kohu-Morgan & tohunga puoro back home video icon

Returning musician Hinewirangi Kohu-Morgan & tohunga puoro back home

09 Jun 2024
Kotahi tau nō muri mai i tana rironga, kua whakamānawahia te tohunga puoro, a Hinewirangi Kohu-Morgan. Whakaekea ai tōna whare e ana pia i runga i te reo kar...
Naming the animals of Auckland Zoo in Te Reo! video icon

Naming the animals of Auckland Zoo in Te Reo!

09 Jun 2024
Kea Kids reporter talks to Auckland Zoo visitors about the te reo Māori names for some of the animals.
Brand new campus for pioneering preschool-to-tertiary Māori immersion school in Hastings

Brand new campus for pioneering preschool-to-tertiary Māori immersion school in Hastings

08 Jun 2024
The Māori language immersion institution is the first of its kind in Aotearoa. Many of its staff attended as children and have returned as part of a self-sustaining life-long learning model.
Names in the land

Names in the land

08 Jun 2024
Across generations, Māori place names have whispered stories of the past, guiding us to retrace the steps of those who came before us.
Auckland kura takes te ao Māori approach to discussing menstruation

Auckland kura takes te ao Māori approach to discussing menstruation

08 Jun 2024
“He kaupapa ka kawea ki waenga i ngā tamariki. He kaupapa e hora nei i nga kōrero, ngā pūrākau, ngā kōrero mō ngā atua e hāngai ana ki tēnei kaupapa te ikura”.
Te Whaitua o Uenuku Ngā Manu Kōrero regionals kicks off video icon

Te Whaitua o Uenuku Ngā Manu Kōrero regionals kicks off

07 Jun 2024
Te Whaitua o Uenuku regional manu kōrero competition is underway with a clear focus on Māori sovereignty, with the current political climate affecting all Māori it is now being used as inspiration for these young orators.
Landmark agreement reached with Whakaata Māori and TG4 Ireland

Landmark agreement reached with Whakaata Māori and TG4 Ireland

07 Jun 2024
“The parallels are evident to me between te reo Māori and an Ghaeilge, their communities of speakers and their revitalisation efforts."
Stars align for magical Matariki in Tauranga

Stars align for magical Matariki in Tauranga

06 Jun 2024
"This year we encourage our community to embrace saying ‘happy Matariki’ in Te Reo Māori, which translates as ‘Ngā mihi o Matariki, te tau hou Māori’.”
Toward Māori Tino Rangatiratanga: Aspirations and Pathways to 2040

Toward Māori Tino Rangatiratanga: Aspirations and Pathways to 2040

06 Jun 2024
Support for language immersion programs, cultural institutions, and land repatriation initiatives can ensure the preservation and transmission of cultural knowledge across generations.
Preserving traditions and history for future generations of Te Rarawa

Preserving traditions and history for future generations of Te Rarawa

06 Jun 2024
This repository is protecting the knowledge, history, and stories of all the subtribes of Te Rarawa and, according to Te Whata findings in 2018, the population that belonged to Te Rarawa was more than 23,000, so there was no doubt that there is a lot of work to be done.
Te Matatini champions arrive in Hawaii for Pacfest video icon

Te Matatini champions arrive in Hawaii for Pacfest

05 Jun 2024
Kua ū Te Kapa Haka o Te Whānau a Apanui ki Hawaii i te kainamutanga o te ahurei toi o Te Moana Nui a Kiwa.
Rei Announced as Guest Judge for Play It Strange’s New Te Reo Māori Songwriting Competition

Rei Announced as Guest Judge for Play It Strange’s New Te Reo Māori Songwriting Competition

05 Jun 2024
Play It Strange is proud to unveil the addition of a new Te Reo Māori Songwriting Competition to its umbrella of songwriting competitions this year.
Talking and eating at Matariki Heri Kai 2024

Talking and eating at Matariki Heri Kai 2024

05 Jun 2024
The theme for Matariki 2024, Matariki Heri Kai, talks about more than just the physical bearing of food.
How non-Māori learning te reo helps revitalise the language

How non-Māori learning te reo helps revitalise the language

05 Jun 2024
I'm very optimistic moving forward that my moko will grow up in a world which validates their identity and their tikanga and embraces it. A world that learns it and loves it as much as we do.
Duncan Cotterill partner on moonlighting as a student of te reo Māori

Duncan Cotterill partner on moonlighting as a student of te reo Māori

04 Jun 2024
In the wake of a recent call to include te ao Māori in legal education curriculums, Nick Laing is getting a head start. The Duncan Cotterill partner is presently spending his nights in the study of te reo Māori – an experience he describes as “eye-opening”.
Humble Waitomo kuia a ‘little embarrassed’ by honour

Humble Waitomo kuia a ‘little embarrassed’ by honour

03 Jun 2024
Despite devoting more than 40 years of her life in service to Māori, Josephine Anderson felt anxious about receiving the King’s Birthday Honour, worried she did not deserve it.
Mike Hollings’ passion for education and te reo Māori

Mike Hollings’ passion for education and te reo Māori

03 Jun 2024

Of all his career achievements, Hollings points to the revitalisation of te reo Māori as his greatest passion and proudest mahi.

Aotearoa delegations arrive in Hawai'i ahead of Festival of Pacific Arts video icon

Aotearoa delegations arrive in Hawai'i ahead of Festival of Pacific Arts

03 Jun 2024
Tata ki te 100 ngā ringa toi Māori ka tau ki Honolulu, Hawaii i tēnei wiki mō Te Ahurei Toi o Te Moana Nui a Kiwa.
Qiane Matata-Sipu: Our stories have the answers

Qiane Matata-Sipu: Our stories have the answers

02 Jun 2024
Writing in te reo first was an exciting challenge to myself: to use our reo and pair it with my talents and creativity, because I didn’t go and do a year of full-immersion learning for nothing.
Jenny Lee-Morgan: Diversity is a slippery word

Jenny Lee-Morgan: Diversity is a slippery word

02 Jun 2024
But, being in Aotearoa, my commitment has been to my Māori side and to supporting the revitalisation of te reo and tikanga Māori — and that includes bringing up all our children in Māori immersion education and staying connected to our marae.
Māori artists win big at Aotearoa Music Awards video icon

Māori artists win big at Aotearoa Music Awards

01 Jun 2024

Māori music artists collected many awards at the Aotearoa Music Awards last night in Auckland, with that was Dame Hinewehi Mohi inducted into the music hall of fame.

The history of Moteatea

The history of Moteatea

01 Jun 2024

Julian Wilcox hosts a korero about moteatea - chanted song poetry - which will feature in a new podcast series.

Musician and te reo advocate Codi Wehi-Ngatai launches EP for tamariki

Musician and te reo advocate Codi Wehi-Ngatai launches EP for tamariki

31 May 2024
Driven by a mission to support the growth of te reo Māori for future generations, Wehi-Ngatai believes in the power of music to embed the language into daily life.
He pūtea hōu ki Te Matatini

He pūtea hōu ki Te Matatini

30 May 2024
"Ehara mō ēnei rā noa iho, engari, ka ora hoki tēnei taonga tuku iho mō ngā reanga haere ake nei.”
Te Reo Māori literature flying off the shelves

Te Reo Māori literature flying off the shelves

30 May 2024
Auckland Council’s Acting Head of Library and Learning Services, Stacey Smith, says that both children’s bilingual books, learning tikanga and Te Reo books alike are popular amongst Aotearoa, particularly in Tamaki Makaurau.
Celebrating Māori success through collaborative partnerships: Korowai Mokopuna

Celebrating Māori success through collaborative partnerships: Korowai Mokopuna

29 May 2024
Korowai Mokopuna upskills experienced teachers to become resource teachers, enhancing their capability with whānau, children, youth, teachers and other practitioners in Kōhanga Reo.
Children's author sparks elemental shift in Cook Islands Māori

Children's author sparks elemental shift in Cook Islands Māori

29 May 2024
A children’s book author is working to introduce new words into the Cook Islands Māori language, which if successful will make the Cook Islands the first Pasifika nation to expand their language into sciences such as physics, chemistry and biology.
Google & PB Tech launch reo Māori Chromebook in NZ schools

Google & PB Tech launch reo Māori Chromebook in NZ schools

28 May 2024
Google New Zealand, in partnership with PB Tech and the Māori Language Commission, has delivered 5,000 Chromebooks with a te reo Māori keyboard to students, promoting digital use of the language.
Revitalising te reo Māori on the West Coast

Revitalising te reo Māori on the West Coast

25 May 2024
“My offering, my koha for my grandchildren and my great-great-grandchildren... [is] for them to go to Te Tai Poutini, the West Coast, and see and hear both of their languages flourishing.“
Professor Rangi Mātāmua awarded NZ Order of Merit for services to Māori astronomy

Professor Rangi Mātāmua awarded NZ Order of Merit for services to Māori astronomy

24 May 2024
Sir Pou Temara, alongside an array of tohunga, led a hautapu ceremony at Te Papa to mark Matariki becoming an official holiday for the first time in 2022.
Wellington City Council corrects Epuni Street to Hōniana Te Puni Street

Wellington City Council corrects Epuni Street to Hōniana Te Puni Street

24 May 2024
A new street sign was unveiled by Wellington City Council, Wellington Central MP Tamatha Paul, and direct descendants of chief Hōniana Te Puni on Thursday morning.
Telling pūrākau through taonga pūoro video icon

Telling pūrākau through taonga pūoro

24 May 2024
Tōiriiri ai a oro rau i te wānanga Taonga Pūoro Māreikura ki Kirikiriroa Marae i ngā rangi tata nei. He tuatahitanga te kaupapa e whai nei kia whakaora, kia whakaū anō i te taonga pūoro mā roto mai i ngā kōrero tuku iho mō ngā atua wāhine.
Ako I Te Reo: New app designed to contribute to revitalise te reo video icon

Ako I Te Reo: New app designed to contribute to revitalise te reo

23 May 2024

‘Ako I Te Reo' is a new app designed by Manurewa High School students, aimed at contributing towards the revitalisation of te reo Māori. 

Music as a vessel for Maori and Welsh language revitalisation

Music as a vessel for Maori and Welsh language revitalisation

22 May 2024
“Ki au nei i māmā i ētahi wā ki te rāranga i nga reo e rua ki te takapou o ngā waiata, i waihangatia i auahatia. Nā reira, i runga i tērā, i tino kitea i te ataahuatanga, i te āhua reka o te mahi tahitanga.
World-first Māori reading books pave the way for other indigenous languages

World-first Māori reading books pave the way for other indigenous languages

22 May 2024
Auckland Libraries has released six picture books with a VOX reader that uses Māori.
'Pretty emotional': Bay-born sparkie and teacher team up for kids' book

'Pretty emotional': Bay-born sparkie and teacher team up for kids' book

20 May 2024
What started as a drive to learn te reo Māori has led to a bilingual journal for kids.
Wahine Māori set to lead global public health body

Wahine Māori set to lead global public health body

20 May 2024
The inauguration will for the first time include indigenous processes and protocols, including an acknowledgement of the past president, a tikanga Māori process in te reo Māori to formally deliver Rawson-Te Patu into the presidency, and haka and waiata.
Dedicated Māori #rangatahi, emerges as a beacon of cultural revitalization. video icon

Dedicated Māori #rangatahi, emerges as a beacon of cultural revitalization.

19 May 2024
Te Kanawa Wilson, showcasing unwavering commitment to excellence in Te Ao Māori.
Reason to feel hopeful about Aotearoa

Reason to feel hopeful about Aotearoa

19 May 2024
What an uplifting weekend. Believe in a bicultural, bilingual, collaborative Aotearoa.
Fanning the flames beyond Matariki

Fanning the flames beyond Matariki

19 May 2024
Fundamentally, Matariki is about three things: Remembering the people who have died since the last rising of Matariki, coming together to feast, connect and celebrate who we are, and planning for the year ahead in the hopes of a bright and prosperous future.
Isla Huia: Sometimes writing is all you can do

Isla Huia: Sometimes writing is all you can do

19 May 2024
I teach te reo and then I’m a dean the rest of the time. But I haven’t really had a way to share my writing because I’m in a te reo space more than a writing space.
Te Rauhiringa Brown: How Dame Hinewehi Mohi found her voice

Te Rauhiringa Brown: How Dame Hinewehi Mohi found her voice

18 May 2024

Many mentors helped Dame Hinewehi on her journey but two people in particular fired her passion for music and te reo Māori, reports Te Rauhiringa Brown.

Teaching te reo growing confidence in children

Teaching te reo growing confidence in children

18 May 2024
A Palmerston North school is seeing an improvement in children’s results in its new bilingual Māori language classroom.
Special artwork of Kahe Te Rau-o-te-rangi created for Kindercare ki Paraparaumu

Special artwork of Kahe Te Rau-o-te-rangi created for Kindercare ki Paraparaumu

17 May 2024
The centre’s tamariki have written a song about Kahe’s swim and translated their waiata into te reo Māori which they are learning.
Name change likely for Riverton park

Name change likely for Riverton park

17 May 2024
“The previous name had no alignment with anything, it was just that it was a misspelling of the term (Kohikohi) which was one of the chief’s daughter’s names.”
Māui Barbers in Rotorua open for fades and safe space for men’s health

Māui Barbers in Rotorua open for fades and safe space for men’s health

17 May 2024
Tikanga Māori is an important part of the business’s DNA, opening each morning with karakia and encouraging each other to kōrero in their native tongue and boast in their own cultures as each haircutting station proudly flies their home flags.
Iwi pledges to use only te reo Māori to communicate with Govt

Iwi pledges to use only te reo Māori to communicate with Govt

17 May 2024
“It really encouraged us to look at our use of te reo Māori on an everyday basis. It made us look at how we communicate with others, including the Government, and this seemed like a natural progression,” she said.
Tā Pou Temara wins first Māori language book honour at Ockham Book Awards

Tā Pou Temara wins first Māori language book honour at Ockham Book Awards

16 May 2024
Judge Paraone Gloyne (Raukawa ki Wharepūhunga, Ngāti Maniapoto) says the book is a valuable account exploring the big questions about the Tūhoe men and women who went to fight with Ngāti Maniapoto in the battle of Ōrākau during the New Zealand Wars.
Navy staff haka out the old rear admiral and welcome in the new commodore

Navy staff haka out the old rear admiral and welcome in the new commodore

16 May 2024
Navy staff performed a rousing haka to farewell their chief David Proctor and welcome in the new acting boss, Andrew Brown.
Hi Tech Awards to recognise Māori achievement

Hi Tech Awards to recognise Māori achievement

16 May 2024
“We’ve got Māori in NASA doing some amazing mahi, we’ve got Māori who are doing the digitisation of their pūrākau for their hapū and iwi.”
E topa ana a Ngāti Whakaue ki Monte Cassino, Itāria

E topa ana a Ngāti Whakaue ki Monte Cassino, Itāria

15 May 2024
Kua topa te kapa haka o Ngāti Whakaue me ōna koeke ki Itāria, ki reira whakamaharatia ai te parekuratanga o te tini, i te pakanga nui o Monte Cassino, e waru tekau tau ki muri.
Te Poho o Hinekahukura off to Te Matatini

Te Poho o Hinekahukura off to Te Matatini

15 May 2024
Community leader, education stalwart and former sportswoman Dame June Mariu is the centrepiece of Te Poho o Hinekahukura and it is she who was celebrated this year.
Poi boy learns viral poi in a day!

Poi boy learns viral poi in a day!

15 May 2024
The 15 year-old has mastered the regional poi of Tāmaki Makaurau senior kapa, Angitū, and released his version on Tik Tok the following day.
Tauira of tomorrow showcase their oratory skills at Te Arawa Manu Kōrero regionals video icon

Tauira of tomorrow showcase their oratory skills at Te Arawa Manu Kōrero regionals

15 May 2024
Te reo Māori is her first language, but, for Atareta Milne-Maxwell, she took on the challenge of competing in the Te Arawa Manu Kōrero regionals speaking in her second language - English.
Demand for te reo Māori met with large development in Karangahake video icon

Demand for te reo Māori met with large development in Karangahake

15 May 2024
A new Māori language sanctuary is being built in the middle of the Karangahake gorge to cater to the growing demand for te reo Māori amongst both Māori and non-Māori.
8 Memorable te reo Māori Songs

8 Memorable te reo Māori Songs

15 May 2024

To celebrate it being NZ Music Month, check out a selection of top tracks sung in te reo Māori by Stan Walker, Lorde and more.

SOUNZ Launching Hōtaka Māori Online June 5th!

SOUNZ Launching Hōtaka Māori Online June 5th!

15 May 2024
Get ready for the exciting online reveal of three series from SOUNZ Hōtaka Māori from June 5 2024! June 5th 2024 will be an unforgettable celebration of the release of our highly anticipated Hōtaka Māori.
The cage fighter who became a teacher who became a writer

The cage fighter who became a teacher who became a writer

14 May 2024
In August, it will take him to the release of his second book Pātea Boys, a collection of short stories in English and te reo Maori.
Grace foundation haka rōpū capture hearts of audiences at regionals video icon

Grace foundation haka rōpū capture hearts of audiences at regionals

13 May 2024
One group that shot to fame over the weekend at the Auckland kapa haka regionals was none other than Aroha Noa from the Grace Foundation.
Who's the wannabe Māori now, Mum?

Who's the wannabe Māori now, Mum?

12 May 2024
From that point on, Mum started watching Hōmai Te Pakipaki. It became her favourite programme. She also watched Te Karere and Matatini. She struggled to understand any of it, but it helped her familiarise herself with Māori culture and language.
Fires burning in their throats

Fires burning in their throats

12 May 2024
“We’re committed to opening the stage to exciting and confronting kōrero from Māori creators, thinkers and change-makers with fires burning in their throats. Fires that burn even more urgently today.”
40 years ago, Poi E topped NZ’s charts for a month straight

40 years ago, Poi E topped NZ’s charts for a month straight

12 May 2024
When Pātea Māori Club’s Poi E hit number one on the NZ charts in March 1984, a position it would end up holding for a month, producer Dalvanius Prime wept.
Piki te Ora: Hira Nathan and Jessie Eyre’s new hauora journal for tamariki

Piki te Ora: Hira Nathan and Jessie Eyre’s new hauora journal for tamariki

12 May 2024
Hira Nathan's bilingual gratitude journal is a best-seller, now he's co-authored a new hauora book especially for tamariki with teacher friend Jessie Eyre from reo Māori classes.
Ngāpuhi descendant flying off to NASA

Ngāpuhi descendant flying off to NASA

11 May 2024
Axl Rogers grew up in West Auckland and spent his childhood on the porch with his Nana observing the stars. Now he's off to NASA.
Students learn to sign pepeha for New Zealand Sign Language Week

Students learn to sign pepeha for New Zealand Sign Language Week

10 May 2024
It’s New Zealand Sign Language Week and students from Kelston Intermediate have been learning to sign their pepeha. “An Aotearoa where anyone can sign anywhere” is this year’s theme emphasising inclusivity and accessibility in communication.
Mike McRoberts calls new job ‘an opportunity to shape the narrative’

Mike McRoberts calls new job ‘an opportunity to shape the narrative’

10 May 2024
Born to a Ngāti Kahungunu father and a Pākehā mother, McRoberts was raised with little connection to Māori culture and once said he experienced anxiety just saying “kia ora” at the top of the news.
Kōhanga reo stalwart honoured

Kōhanga reo stalwart honoured

10 May 2024
Letty Brown dedicates her MNZM to all Māori children that champion the Māori language, customs and Māoridom.
Tahitian relatives meet with wharekura on how to bring their culture to life back home video icon

Tahitian relatives meet with wharekura on how to bring their culture to life back home

10 May 2024
A Nui Taputaputaea met with Te Wharekura o te Kaokaoroa o Pātetere in search of 'How - How can we bring our culture to life on our henua for our tamari’i?'
Kea Kids: Māori Minecraft competition builds community through creativity

Kea Kids: Māori Minecraft competition builds community through creativity

09 May 2024
We’re at Te Ahi Orokohanga, where over 140 kids are competing in a Minecraft speed-building competition entirely in Te Reo Māori!
Kura Kaupapa Māori, where Rangatira are made

Kura Kaupapa Māori, where Rangatira are made

09 May 2024

After being immersed in te āo Māori throughout his life, Hikawai Te Nahu reflects on how his kura kaupapa Māori roots have held stong as he navigated the world of mainstream tertiary education.

Matariki drone light show at Rotorua Lakefront as part of Aronui Indigenous Arts Festival

Matariki drone light show at Rotorua Lakefront as part of Aronui Indigenous Arts Festival

09 May 2024
“Learning the story of Matariki and collaborating as artists, the oldest and youngest indigenous peoples of the world, has been the beating heart of this project - a beautiful opportunity for cross-cultural connectivity”.
University Associate Professor committed to reo Māori journey

University Associate Professor committed to reo Māori journey

08 May 2024
She has seen her tamariki involved in Māori kaupapa through their schooling and sees the relevance in establishing a better understanding of te ao Māori as a parent and resident in Aotearoa, as well as with her mahi as an Associate Professor.
Wharekura students take out rangatahi award at Ngā Tohu Reo Māori 2024

Wharekura students take out rangatahi award at Ngā Tohu Reo Māori 2024

08 May 2024
Wharekura students in Wellington are combining te reo and mātauranga Māori to help protect sites of significance and educate visiting manuhiri in their rohe.
Māori lecturers say mispronunciation of te reo remains a significant issue in New Zealand

Māori lecturers say mispronunciation of te reo remains a significant issue in New Zealand

08 May 2024
“Practice makes perfect. If you learn a language as an adult, it is very, very difficult to pronounce things as perfectly as a native speaker, but you can get up to a very, very good standard,” says Keegan.
Palmerston North student’s race unity speech makes impact

Palmerston North student’s race unity speech makes impact

07 May 2024
The words of a Rangitāne rangatira rang out across the crowd as Palmerston North Boys’ High School Race Unity Speech Awards finalist Leo Mwape shared his kōrero for how Aotearoa can unite.
Rotorua real estate agent offers te reo signs in bid to encourage Māori homeowners

Rotorua real estate agent offers te reo signs in bid to encourage Māori homeowners

06 May 2024
The 27-year-old real estate agent with First National Rotorua has decided to use te reo on some of her marketing signs, and says her policy is to empower indigenous homeowners by working within a kanohi-ki-te-kanohi (face-to-face) model.
Tikanga Māori and the rights and obligations of free speech

Tikanga Māori and the rights and obligations of free speech

05 May 2024

The whakataukī, “He tao rākau e taea te karo; he tao kōrero, e kore e taea te karo. The taiaha can be parried, but words go straight to the heart,” is a reminder to take care with how we speak to each other and what we say.

Ngāhuia Murphy: The mana and mātauranga of wāhine Māori

Ngāhuia Murphy: The mana and mātauranga of wāhine Māori

05 May 2024

I discovered, through examining karakia, mōteatea iwi, navigational and cosmological stories and histories, that our tīpuna celebrated the arrival of te awa atua...

Anna Coddington – ‘Kātuarehe’

Anna Coddington – ‘Kātuarehe’

04 May 2024
The track and album both move effortlessly from te reo Māori to English, bringing a sound which Coddington herself dubbed “Māori funk”.
‘Promise, I’m on the right show’: Reo Māori speaking comedian excited for NZ Comedy Festival debut

‘Promise, I’m on the right show’: Reo Māori speaking comedian excited for NZ Comedy Festival debut

04 May 2024
Wellington comedian Hoani Hotene says he might look like an 'angry marshmallow' but Māori audiences have been 'unreal' to him and Pākehā have been 'down' with his reo Māori jokes.
What’s in an ingoa?

What’s in an ingoa?

04 May 2024
We have a long way to go to get close to parity with honourable te reo Māori naming practices relating to public and public-facing buildings and locations. But he mihi nui ki Kāi Tahu for sharing their knowledge and allowing it to lead us into the future.
Culinary queen Raukura Huata shows off kai Māori one TikTok at a time

Culinary queen Raukura Huata shows off kai Māori one TikTok at a time

04 May 2024
From dining in fine restraunts to smoking pig brains in her back yard, Raukura Huata is using her social media platforms to encourage more whānau to be more adventurous.
Jordyn With A Why nominated at Aotearoa Music Awards video icon

Jordyn With A Why nominated at Aotearoa Music Awards

03 May 2024
The soulful singing from the Whāingaroa artist has been moving up in the charts and her nomination for "Te Manu Taki Māori o te tau" award at this year's Aotearoa Music Awards just proves how far she has come.
Kura Reo held in East Coast, Tokomaru video icon

Kura Reo held in East Coast, Tokomaru

03 May 2024
Over the weekend a Kura Reo Taiao was held at Pākirikiri Marae In the East Coast, Tokomaru Bay.
New programme encouraging prison inmates to turn their lives around video icon

New programme encouraging prison inmates to turn their lives around

03 May 2024
Ama Training Group is working together with inmates from Pāremoremo Prison, with the intent of helping them find employment upon their release. However, it's not only about upskilling but also about changing their lives in a positive way.
Mōtai Tangata Rau rule

Mōtai Tangata Rau rule

03 May 2024
Ao Māori presenter Peata Melbourne said the Ngāti Raukawa group told stories of their ancestors in te reo Māori with excellence.
Māori music artist Stan Walker talks singing in his native tongue

Māori music artist Stan Walker talks singing in his native tongue

02 May 2024
"When I first started out in Australia, my culture was kind of banned in terms of like the industry, because it wasn't seen as sellable, and they didn't understand it, so I wasn't allowed to be myself," Walker told HPR. "To be able to sing in my native tongue has been a journe...
Kōrero podcast celebrates Māori culture

Kōrero podcast celebrates Māori culture

01 May 2024

"Whether you’re a fluent te reo Māori speaker or just starting your journey, Kōrero welcomes everyone to join the conversation and learn more about our beautiful language and heritage.”

Otago’s rebrand includes aim to be a Tiriti-led university by 2040

Otago’s rebrand includes aim to be a Tiriti-led university by 2040

01 May 2024
This morning the University of Otago held a ceremony to launch a new reo Māori name and tohu that was made in collaboration with mana whenua Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou.
Song You Need to Know: Geneva AM, 'Pikipiki'

Song You Need to Know: Geneva AM, 'Pikipiki'

01 May 2024

Geneva AM’s latest waiata, “Pikipiki”, kicks off with the deep, oceanic sound of a conch, summoning ancestral strength. With guest harmonies, it sets a lively tone for NZ Music Month / Te Marama Puoro o Aotearoa, celebrating local innovation and the power of te reo Māori.

Petone name change to Pito One under consideration by NZ Geographic Board

Petone name change to Pito One under consideration by NZ Geographic Board

30 Apr 2024
The area was once a pā of Te Āti Awa but the traditional name was misspelt during colonial settlement.
Learning te reo 'good for mind and soul'

Learning te reo 'good for mind and soul'

29 Apr 2024
It connects us with people for whom that language is important. If we have Māori ancestory it connects us with our family identity; if we have Pākehā ancestors, it connects us with those settlers way back who often needed to speak some Māori.”
Ariana Stevens wants te reo Māori to thrive

Ariana Stevens wants te reo Māori to thrive

29 Apr 2024
Ariana Stevens founded Reo Māori Mai in 2018 to help people connect with te ao Māori through the reo. On Friday she was awarded Tū Rangatira, the supreme award at the Ngā Tohu Reo Māori awards.
Three prominent wāhine awarded lifetime achievement awards at Ngā Tohu Reo Māori 2024

Three prominent wāhine awarded lifetime achievement awards at Ngā Tohu Reo Māori 2024

27 Apr 2024
Kahurangi Rangimarie Naida Glavish DNZM. JP (Ngāti Whātua), Tini Molyneux (Ngāi Tūhoe) and Kuini Moehau Reedy (Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga-a-Mate) won lifetime achievement awards.
‘Kanikani music with a kaupapa’: Māori artist Rei just dropped his new 'haka rap' song ‘Toitū’

‘Kanikani music with a kaupapa’: Māori artist Rei just dropped his new 'haka rap' song ‘Toitū’

26 Apr 2024
Tāmaki Makarau based singer/rapper Rei (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Pākeha) premiered his new track ‘Toitū’ last night. It’s a reo rap/dance music song that’s about upholding the treaty and keeping the mana during times when the Māori culture seems at risk.
Cyber skills programme for tamariki recognised at Māori Language Awards

Cyber skills programme for tamariki recognised at Māori Language Awards

26 Apr 2024
A not-for-profit that is helping tamariki to be safe online is among those recognised at this year's Ngā Tohu Reo Māori (Māori Language Awards).
Kura students navigate path to entrepreneurship

Kura students navigate path to entrepreneurship

23 Apr 2024

Approximately 50 students are participating in the Young Navigators seminar, aimed at nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit among Māori and Pasifika youth.

Stories of te taiao inspire Aro

Stories of te taiao inspire Aro

23 Apr 2024
Bilingual folk duo Charles and Emily Looker have released their fourth album as Aro.
Digital projection replaces Te Papa’s defaced Treaty of Waitangi panel

Digital projection replaces Te Papa’s defaced Treaty of Waitangi panel

23 Apr 2024

“Now what we’ve got is a five minute moving version, it walks people through first Governor Hobson’s draft, then the te reo Māori Treaty, and then Sir Hugh Kawharu’s 1988 version,” said museum co-leader Courtney Johnston.

My grandad told me not to learn te reo Māori  – and who could blame him?

My grandad told me not to learn te reo Māori – and who could blame him?

21 Apr 2024
Shamed and punished for speaking his native language, Grandad wanted to show Pākehā that he could succeed in their world.
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei names Emirates Team New Zealand’s new boat

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei names Emirates Team New Zealand’s new boat

19 Apr 2024
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei presented the name ‘Taihoro’ to the boat Emirates Team New Zealand will use in the 37th America’s Cup defense.
Te Matau a Māui waka hourua: Rangatahi carry the mantle after epic South Island voyage

Te Matau a Māui waka hourua: Rangatahi carry the mantle after epic South Island voyage

19 Apr 2024
Coupled with a roaring haka from the shore, it was undoubtedly an emotional return to Ahuriri Napier for those on board the Te Matau a Māui waka hourua, the double-hulled voyaging canoe, with many young people having completed their first voyage.
Te reo Māori and Tamil unite in musical fusion

Te reo Māori and Tamil unite in musical fusion

18 Apr 2024
Wilbur Sargunaraj was invited to Iramoko marae in Whakatāne where he recorded Whanaungatanga which consists of Tamil, English, and te reo Māori.
Nasa space project works with mātauranga Māori

Nasa space project works with mātauranga Māori

18 Apr 2024

Harris said Māori groups have been advising the government for the past two years about their capacity and capability in the aerospace industry.

Here are the finalists for the 2024 Aotearoa Music Awards

Here are the finalists for the 2024 Aotearoa Music Awards

18 Apr 2024

"We heard strong support for our continuing commitment to embed te ao Māori and te reo and to reflect the unique cultural identity of Aotearoa."

Blues players tackle te reo Māori  to 'walk with mana'

Blues players tackle te reo Māori to 'walk with mana'

17 Apr 2024
The classes are held over an eight-week period, and while the group have barely started, injured Blues fullback Zarn Sullivan says he wants to learn as much as possible and to know a little bit more about where he’s from.
Te Wehi Haka, Te Matatini alongside PM delegation on Asia tour video icon

Te Wehi Haka, Te Matatini alongside PM delegation on Asia tour

17 Apr 2024
Te Wehi Haka and Te Matatini executives are also apart of the PM’s business delegation who say its a great opportunity to expand the market of Kapa Haka to the world.
American artist brings Māori elements to her final concert

American artist brings Māori elements to her final concert

17 Apr 2024
The American artist performed her final concert in Auckland last night but before she left she sprinkled in some Māori elements through out.
'It's like going to church': The spiritual journey of tā moko

'It's like going to church': The spiritual journey of tā moko

14 Apr 2024

The art form is alive again, but she says it’s a double-edged sword as she now feels a responsibility to continue making change “because Māori aren’t out of the woods” in terms of health statistics, “how we feel about ourselves, and how other people treat us”.

Māori ‘superpower’ brings movie magic to indigenous tongues

Māori ‘superpower’ brings movie magic to indigenous tongues

14 Apr 2024
Hone Heke descendent Steve Renata is using Kiwi technology to help revitalise Native American and Aboriginal languages, at a time when te reo is being chopped down politically in his own land.
Te tirohanga ā mua mō te reo Māori i Aotearoa e ai ki Te Manahau Morrison

Te tirohanga ā mua mō te reo Māori i Aotearoa e ai ki Te Manahau Morrison

14 Apr 2024
Ehara i te mea whakaohorere ko te tino whakataukī a Te Manahau, "Me ūpoko pakaru te karawhiu" e āhua whakapākehātia ana ki te "give it heaps" i kōrerotia e Rangitihi, ko tētahi o ōna tīpuna. Kei roto i tōna toto te hiahia kia whai oranga kore pereki.
Tamariki starry-eyed over waka hourua festival workshops

Tamariki starry-eyed over waka hourua festival workshops

12 Apr 2024
Hundreds of tamariki are flocking to learn about waka hourua at the Te Hau Kōmaru National Waka Hourua Festival - which got underway on the weekend and runs through until Sunday - at Kaiteretere in Te Tau Ihu o te Waka a Māui, the top of the South Island.
Motorola new smartphones fully localised in te reo

Motorola new smartphones fully localised in te reo

11 Apr 2024
This first of its kind innovation extends beyond the ability to use Māori characters, into a broader CLDR (Common Language Data Repository) offering, meaning the user can select Māori language right from set up.
Adorable girl goes viral for sharing her incredible te reo Māori skills at just four years old

Adorable girl goes viral for sharing her incredible te reo Māori skills at just four years old

11 Apr 2024
Posted to her māmā Tina’s TikTok account, little Naia launches into a flawless mihi. Finishing with a wiri and a cheeky little grin at the end, we’re beyond proud of her
Six60 gigs at Far North marae to open ‘intimate’ Grassroots tour

Six60 gigs at Far North marae to open ‘intimate’ Grassroots tour

10 Apr 2024
“We played one of our new songs which is in Māori… a new song of ours that we played for the first time last night called Kanikani,” bass player Marlon Gerbes said. “That went down a treat, I think it was the favourite song.”
Māori-owned book publishers win Bologna Prize: 'This is huge for us'

Māori-owned book publishers win Bologna Prize: 'This is huge for us'

10 Apr 2024
Huia Publishers has been recognised for years of contribution to Māori storytelling.
Kais Education reaches finals of EdTech Awards with learning robot

Kais Education reaches finals of EdTech Awards with learning robot

10 Apr 2024
EdTech startup Kais Education is making waves with its AI-based learning robot, Kaibot, and online platform, both in the final stages of the EdTech Awards.
Waiata reo Māori gains popularity in mainstream radio

Waiata reo Māori gains popularity in mainstream radio

10 Apr 2024

Mai FM’s ‘Waiata Māori’ feature is making substantial progress in the waiata reo Māori space in Aotearoa, says the station.

Training course gives hope to workers made redundant in JNL shutdown

Training course gives hope to workers made redundant in JNL shutdown

10 Apr 2024

“Getting back into te reo Māori and tikanga was something I hadn’t done since I was at school. It was quite nerve-racking at first but now I am used to it.”

Orpheus Choir to premier tribute piece to Māori Batallion

Orpheus Choir to premier tribute piece to Māori Batallion

09 Apr 2024
E Kiwi E will be sung in te reo Māori by Orpheus Choir Wellington supported by a kapa haka group and a chorus of more than 100 tamariki drawn from schools around Wellington.
Polyfest a powerful vehicle for movement: Report

Polyfest a powerful vehicle for movement: Report

09 Apr 2024

Beyond the physical benefits, Polyfest had also become a powerful tool for rangatahi to claim their identity and heritage, and develop a sense of confidence. 

Kapa haka ‘conditions intellectually disabled students’ bodies’ - music therapist

Kapa haka ‘conditions intellectually disabled students’ bodies’ - music therapist

09 Apr 2024
Musician Dennis Kahui (Ngāti Ruanui, Ngā Ruahinerangi) and musical therapist teaches kapa haka students with diverse disabilities.
Aotearoa landscapes drawn using whenua pigment on tapa cloth

Aotearoa landscapes drawn using whenua pigment on tapa cloth

09 Apr 2024
“I just want to develop for myself, work on the language being Māori and Niue it is such a different space. We work in a way of duality but there are multitudes because our whakapapa goes on behind us and in front of us.
Real estate’s first te reo Māori signs: Agents blown away by the response

Real estate’s first te reo Māori signs: Agents blown away by the response

08 Apr 2024
Some of New Zealand’s first bilingual real estate signs have been rolled out across the country this month and it has left a lot of people asking why it hadn’t happened sooner.
Finally, a history of Māori journalism is on our shelves

Finally, a history of Māori journalism is on our shelves

07 Apr 2024
Kia Hiwa Rā! Māori Journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, published by Huia, features the stories of working Māori journalists, the history of te reo Māori news and its role in te reo Māori revitalisation, the nuances of tikanga in news gathering, and more.
‘Beautifully restored’ Mātaatua Marae reopens in Rotorua

‘Beautifully restored’ Mātaatua Marae reopens in Rotorua

07 Apr 2024
'Mātaatua ki Rotorua Marae has served as a vital gathering place for generations.'
Putting rangatahi issues on the kapa haka stage

Putting rangatahi issues on the kapa haka stage

06 Apr 2024
“The rangatahi taking part in high school kapa haka competitions are aware of what’s going on with this government and want to see the world change.”
27 dual te reo Māori names set to swing for Māngere-Ōtāhuhu

27 dual te reo Māori names set to swing for Māngere-Ōtāhuhu

05 Apr 2024
Twenty-seven parks and three libraries in the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu area will receive Māori names and narratives.
Te Reo Māori immersion courses are helping Māori reclaim their identity

Te Reo Māori immersion courses are helping Māori reclaim their identity

05 Apr 2024
Benjamin believes that full Te Reo Māori immersion is an opportunity for all New Zealanders, not just Māori, to be a part of the nation’s larger journey of reconciliation between its peoples.
Te Mire Atu expands for overseas Cook Islanders to compete in 2025

Te Mire Atu expands for overseas Cook Islanders to compete in 2025

04 Apr 2024

Cook Islands composers living in Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia will be invited to participate in the prestigious Te Mire Atu original Māori song composition event next year.

Māori language revitalisation at heart of Te Tauihu symposium

Māori language revitalisation at heart of Te Tauihu symposium

03 Apr 2024
Te Tauihu iwi have come together again in a bid to empower language revitalisation across the top of the South.
George Laking: a lifetime of revelations

George Laking: a lifetime of revelations

03 Apr 2024

George now incorporates tikanga Māori in all of his work. He follows Māori health protocols considering the wairua (spiritual), hinengaro (psychological), tinana (physical) and whānau (extended family) dimensions.

More flax needed to meet big surge in demand for piupiu

More flax needed to meet big surge in demand for piupiu

03 Apr 2024
An expert weaver says that an increase in funding to haka groups has caused a great demand for piupiu.
Ka Whawhai Tonu: The Battle of Ōrākau finally told through the eyes of Māori

Ka Whawhai Tonu: The Battle of Ōrākau finally told through the eyes of Māori

02 Apr 2024
“To fight on forever for their land, culture and language. This is a significant story for us as Māori, Pākehā, Pasifika and others to acknowledge, learn and unite.”
‘Endless’ opportunities at impressive new Manukura

‘Endless’ opportunities at impressive new Manukura

02 Apr 2024
“First of all it aspires for excellence in everything it does. Excellence in academics, excellence in sport, excellence in te ao Māori.
What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

02 Apr 2024
The Reverend Richard Taylor argued back in the 1800s that the name “New Zealand” was inappropriate for this country – and that a Māori name should be established in its place.
 How kura kaupapa Māori work

How kura kaupapa Māori work

01 Apr 2024
Kura kaupapa Māori follow their own system which is different to the state school system. It’s a system which heavily focuses on whānau and self-development. 
Paddle like a girl

Paddle like a girl

31 Mar 2024
Our culture is always present when you’re doing waka ama. You’re learning karakia, and practising our reo, haka, waiata, and manaakitanga.
‘Great to be Māori together’: Whānau turn out in numbers for special tournament

‘Great to be Māori together’: Whānau turn out in numbers for special tournament

31 Mar 2024
“In the pōwhiri and prize giving, you’ve got haka tautoko, you’ve got reo Māori being spoken by tamariki right up to the ends.
‘We are the mokopuna our tīpuna have been waiting for’

‘We are the mokopuna our tīpuna have been waiting for’

30 Mar 2024
“It’s around the reclamation of our reo, it’s around the reclamation of our rangatiratanga and where we feature in iwi entities and Māori entities moving forward, both on a regional and a national level.
Haere, Bub, haere

Haere, Bub, haere

28 Mar 2024
In her final speech, Bub paid homage to Gerry Te Kapa Coates MNZM, the organisation’s first Māori president (2003-2004) and other colleagues who, like her, have advocated for greater recognition and use of te reo in the profession.
Law Commission says change needed to ease tikanga evidence into court

Law Commission says change needed to ease tikanga evidence into court

28 Mar 2024

The Law Commission wants changes to improve the way tikanga and mātauranga evidence is handled by courts.

Couple returns to uni to inspire tamariki and support community

Couple returns to uni to inspire tamariki and support community

28 Mar 2024
...Gaynor says it wasn’t until they had a mind shift and committed to the Ngāi Tahu strategy called Kotahi Mano Kāika, which supports and promotes the growth of Ngāi Tahu identity and te reo i te kāinga (language in the home), that they started speaking more te reo Māori at home.
Waka hourua to visit Te Tauihu in first-of-its-kind event

Waka hourua to visit Te Tauihu in first-of-its-kind event

28 Mar 2024
The double-hull waka, replicas of the craft used for long-distance voyaging, will travel from Te Ika-a-Māui to Kaiteretere for Te Hau Kōmaru, a week-long festival.
Whakaata Māori celebrates 20 years of telling Māori stories

Whakaata Māori celebrates 20 years of telling Māori stories

28 Mar 2024
"It's a symbol of Māori protest for the reinvigoration, for the normalisation of te reo Māori which traces its way back to [the] Māori language petition, and particularly the Māori language protest movement."
Stuff to use AI tech to increase te reo Māori articles

Stuff to use AI tech to increase te reo Māori articles

27 Mar 2024

Microsoft and Straker are combining human translation with artificial intelligence to help normalise te reo Māori on Stuff’s platforms.

Highest Māori in the world: Tino Rangatiratanga flag makes it to Mount Everest

Highest Māori in the world: Tino Rangatiratanga flag makes it to Mount Everest

27 Mar 2024
Matawhero Lloyd is encouraging others to take the flag to the summit. He hopes a delegation of Māori will come to Mount Everest to share Māori culture and language.
Hit UK DJ Fred Again signs off Aotearoa NZ tour with te reo Māori

Hit UK DJ Fred Again signs off Aotearoa NZ tour with te reo Māori

27 Mar 2024
Fred Again last night offered a message in the final leg of his tour which he translated into the indigenous language of Māori.
Ngāi Tahu uses storytelling to prepare for future earthquakes

Ngāi Tahu uses storytelling to prepare for future earthquakes

26 Mar 2024
Ngāi Tahu are weaving mātauranga Māori and their own creation stories with scientific knowledge to help boost earthquake preparedness.
‘M.O.K.O, Me Ora, Ka Ora’ - hundreds take part in Māori tattoo symposium

‘M.O.K.O, Me Ora, Ka Ora’ - hundreds take part in Māori tattoo symposium

26 Mar 2024

They see moko as a powerful point of connection that brings people together in support of Māori art, Māori culture.

19 parks and places in Howick to receive Māori names

19 parks and places in Howick to receive Māori names

26 Mar 2024
Nineteen parks and places in the Howick area will receive Māori names, as part of Auckland Council’s commitment for te reo Māori to be seen, heard, spoken, and learnt.
Scholarship winners’ values align with 28 Māori Battalion

Scholarship winners’ values align with 28 Māori Battalion

26 Mar 2024
Whānau, hapū and iwi gathered at the C Company Memorial House on Friday to celebrate the awarding of scholarships to Māori students and academics demonstrating characteristics that align with the values of the 28 Māori Battaltion.
Maiki Sherman appointed 1News Political Editor video icon

Maiki Sherman appointed 1News Political Editor

25 Mar 2024
Maiki Sherman has been appointed the new TVNZ political editor, becoming the first wahine Māori to lead TVNZ’s political coverage.
Empowering Māori Language Learners: The Art of Correction

Empowering Māori Language Learners: The Art of Correction

25 Mar 2024
This article explores nurturing correction strategies for a supportive learning environment, celebrating progress over perfection.
Waka hourua festival educating tauira on Polynesian navigation

Waka hourua festival educating tauira on Polynesian navigation

25 Mar 2024
A waka houra festival is giving rangatahi the chance to learn about traditional migration and sailing.
‘This is our beautiful castle’: the stunning new buildings expressing Māori pride

‘This is our beautiful castle’: the stunning new buildings expressing Māori pride

25 Mar 2024
This is Taumata o Kupe, a new Māori meeting house and education centre for the Mahurehure community, and one of the brightest beacons of Aotearoa New Zealand’s burgeoning contemporary Māori architecture scene.
‘We have to protect it’: Conference celebrates revitalisation of te reo Māori

‘We have to protect it’: Conference celebrates revitalisation of te reo Māori

25 Mar 2024
The couple shared their story on the rewards and challenges of raising two-year-old Pari Turanga in te reo Māori during a workshop at Terea Te Waka, a two day conference held in Ōtautahi/Christchurch over the weekend.
'This being Māori thing ends now'

'This being Māori thing ends now'

24 Mar 2024
I’ve had cousins say: “How would your nan feel about you studying the reo now?” And I don’t think I’m kidding myself when I say I think she’d be proud.
Far North mayor Moko Tepania will be on stage at kapa haka regionals

Far North mayor Moko Tepania will be on stage at kapa haka regionals

22 Mar 2024
A pōwhiri to welcome the 18 teams will be held today before the competition begins.
Corrella Shares Testament to Their Musicality, Live at Roundhead Studios

Corrella Shares Testament to Their Musicality, Live at Roundhead Studios

22 Mar 2024

Live At Roundhead Studios opens with the Te Reo Māori waiata ‘Raumati’, which was featured as part of the Waiata Anthems series in 2022.

Tipene Kapa-Kingi - Mātātoa; Merging Crossfit and Te Reo Māori

Tipene Kapa-Kingi - Mātātoa; Merging Crossfit and Te Reo Māori

22 Mar 2024
I kōrero tahi mātou ki a Tipene Kapa-Kingi, e pā ana ki tā rātou kaupapa e hono ana i te whakapakari tinana me te reo Māori.
Pupils learning life skills from new programme

Pupils learning life skills from new programme

22 Mar 2024
Pupils were welcomed on to the grounds with a pōwhiri and then spent the day learning tikanga Māori, playing games in te reo, taking part in kapa haka as well having visits from Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ) and police.
Solving racism: Mokopuna want te reo Māori compulsory in schools

Solving racism: Mokopuna want te reo Māori compulsory in schools

21 Mar 2024
Both mokopuna Māori and mokopuna tauiwi (non-Māori) want learning of te reo Māori to be made compulsory from early childhood through to secondary school as a solution to end racism.
Fun facts about Te Matapihi Central Library

Fun facts about Te Matapihi Central Library

21 Mar 2024

Te Matapihi will showcase our taonga and special collections of mana whenua and subsequent settler communities’ heritage.

Māori festival directors hope to sustain indigenous art for future generations

Māori festival directors hope to sustain indigenous art for future generations

20 Mar 2024
Newly appointed co-directors hope to showcase indigenous stories through the Tāwhiri Festival.
Mum and baby warm hearts with graduation moment

Mum and baby warm hearts with graduation moment

20 Mar 2024

“He deserves the diploma as much as I do because he attended all the classes with me in my puku,” she said.

Tāwhiri, Kaa Williams receive Honorary Doctorate video icon

Tāwhiri, Kaa Williams receive Honorary Doctorate

19 Mar 2024
Two stalwarts of te reo Māori have been honoured again. Tāwhiri and Kaa Williams receiving an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Auckland today for their contributions and efforts towards the language.
Māori AI expert Dr Karaitiana Taiuru shares his favourite whakataukī

Māori AI expert Dr Karaitiana Taiuru shares his favourite whakataukī

19 Mar 2024
Dr Karaitiana Taiuru tells RNZ what his favourite whakataukī is and how it relates to his work and whānau.
CubaDupa gets the show on the road this weekend

CubaDupa gets the show on the road this weekend

19 Mar 2024

The two-day festival is a platform for performers from all genres including Māorioke encouraging everyone to sing in Te Reo Māori or blend Te Reo Māori into their favourite songs...

Ngāti Ōtara Marae hosts primary school from Niue

Ngāti Ōtara Marae hosts primary school from Niue

19 Mar 2024
Niue Primary School flies over from their homeland to participate in this year's 2024 ASB Polyfest.
Short film shot at Cape Palliser wins an award

Short film shot at Cape Palliser wins an award

19 Mar 2024
Billed as “a groundbreaking trilingual Kiwi film”, thanks to being the first instance of Urdu, te reo Māori and English being used together in an NZ film, the dramatic short draws on the history of sailors from India who served on Britain’s East Indian Company ships.
Bid to bring the world haka record home from France

Bid to bring the world haka record home from France

18 Mar 2024
An estimated 10,000–15,000 are expected to perform the haka at Eden Park in September in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record.
Innovative stage version of famous Te Arawa tale warmly welcomed in Rotorua

Innovative stage version of famous Te Arawa tale warmly welcomed in Rotorua

16 Mar 2024
“It has been a dream of mine for the past 10 years now to gravitate together our pūrākau or stories with the use of introduced techniques and fuse into the world of theatre,” said artistic director Tanemahuta Gray said.
Translations and parallel texts

Translations and parallel texts

16 Mar 2024
Whether the translation (of children’s or adults’ books) is from English or other languages into Māori, or vice-versa, the availability of parallel texts offers great learning opportunities.
Ko te 30 tau o Te Rūnanga Nui o Ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori o Aotearoa

Ko te 30 tau o Te Rūnanga Nui o Ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori o Aotearoa

15 Mar 2024
Kei te hui anō ngā Kura Aho Matua ki Kaiwhaiki Marae, te wāhi i tū ai te hui tuatahi a Te Rūnanga Nui i te 1994.
Reviving Te Tikanga a Tohi

Reviving Te Tikanga a Tohi

15 Mar 2024
The programme has been instrumental in enhancing participants’ confidence in practising tikanga and speaking te reo Māori, offering a supportive environment for both beginners and those with a more advanced understanding of Māori culture.
‘Excited’: Māori creative agency partners with global advertising agency

‘Excited’: Māori creative agency partners with global advertising agency

14 Mar 2024
The arrangement will also enable DDB Aotearoa to access te reo Māori and tikanga courses through Whare Creative’s “cultural uplift services”, as well as cultural development related directly to the media industry.
Inuit broadcaster encourages language revitalisation through short videos

Inuit broadcaster encourages language revitalisation through short videos

13 Mar 2024
Indigenous leader in broadcasting Julie Grenier speaks on promoting their language.
Calls for world indigenous kapa haka event after African language similarity surprises

Calls for world indigenous kapa haka event after African language similarity surprises

13 Mar 2024
Tiktok video shows sound similarities between te reo Māori and the Sesotho language.
Bright future for Irish language

Bright future for Irish language

13 Mar 2024
By combining grassroots activism with the media influence of the Indigenous Irish TV Network, momentum is building toward the preservation and flourishing of the Irish language .
Indigenous Arctic language broadcaster draws inspiration from Māori media

Indigenous Arctic language broadcaster draws inspiration from Māori media

12 Mar 2024
Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) Sámi Television chief executive Johan Ailo Kalstad says Māori have set the standard for indigenous language revitalisation.
Ten more kapa haka qualify for Te Matatini 2025

Ten more kapa haka qualify for Te Matatini 2025

11 Mar 2024
Te Arawa and Te Kāhui Maunga held their events in Rotorua and Hāwera respectively with groups going all out on stage.
Patricia Grace’s Bird Child & Other Stories: ‘Not just refreshing, but revolutionary’

Patricia Grace’s Bird Child & Other Stories: ‘Not just refreshing, but revolutionary’

10 Mar 2024
The new short story collection from Patricia Grace shows why she's considered one of Aotearoa's greatest living writers.
‘Beautiful, hilarious’ journey brings te ao Māori to the big screen

‘Beautiful, hilarious’ journey brings te ao Māori to the big screen

10 Mar 2024
When Te Kohe Tuhaka first became an actor, it was rare to see anything to do with te ao Māori behind the scenes.
Making room for the reo

Making room for the reo

10 Mar 2024

“As life got harder and more things started cropping up, it was the reo that kept being put on the back burner — something I swore I wouldn’t do.” — Siena Yates on life after full-immersion reo learning.

Thomas Wynne: Reclaiming our reo Māori

Thomas Wynne: Reclaiming our reo Māori

09 Mar 2024
Who grew up thinking of themselves as half caste, quarter caste or part this part that but never the total sum of all of who we are, writes Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.
Māori linguists offer insights into te reo revitalisation

Māori linguists offer insights into te reo revitalisation

09 Mar 2024
Māori linguists have launched a special edition journal with insights for strengthening te reo Māori revitalisation.
Multi-million dollar plans for four new Tāmaki Makaurau marae

Multi-million dollar plans for four new Tāmaki Makaurau marae

07 Mar 2024
Four new marae are being planned in Tāmaki Makaurau, with one in South Auckland going through planning, one in the city’s west winning resource consent, another out west planned and one for the North Shore.
Rangatahi band releases provocative new single

Rangatahi band releases provocative new single

07 Mar 2024
Tangata Beats winner Te Whānau Puoro, hailing from Flaxmere College and Tamatea High School in Hawke's Bay releases 'Rise up'.
Parks and buildings across Auckland will have dual names and tell stories of Tāmaki Makaurau in te reo

Parks and buildings across Auckland will have dual names and tell stories of Tāmaki Makaurau in te reo

07 Mar 2024
Fourteen local boards are supporting the 2020 Te Kete Rukuruku initiative, which will showcase the Māori history and stories of Tāmaki Makaurau.
Kura reo focused on normalising tikanga Māori in the environment video icon

Kura reo focused on normalising tikanga Māori in the environment

06 Mar 2024
The inaugural Kura Reo mō te Taiao has taken place in Rotorua, tasked with revitalising and normalising tikanga Māori outdoors.
The Convert: New Māori film premieres video icon

The Convert: New Māori film premieres

05 Mar 2024
Māori film maker Lee Tamahori's new film The Convert premiered in Auckland last night. This historical drama features Hollywood actor Guy Pearce and Māori actress Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne.
New regional news service launches in Te Tai Tokerau

New regional news service launches in Te Tai Tokerau

05 Mar 2024
Fenton described te kūkupa as a “kopuna platform”, which had been influenced by the legacies of Māori news trailblazers including Te Karere, Mana Māori Media, Ruia Mai and Waatea.
 Indigenous Wāhine Leadership Wānanga focuses on Wāhine Entrepreneurship

Indigenous Wāhine Leadership Wānanga focuses on Wāhine Entrepreneurship

04 Mar 2024
Wāhine were welcomed on to Te Kuirau Marae by hau kainga - Ngāti Turipuku / Ngati Te Roro o te rangi, giving the Indigenous Wāhine their first experience of pōwhiri, followed by whakawhānaungatanga.
Whānau hopes to inspire with Māori circus, Te Tangi a te Tūī

Whānau hopes to inspire with Māori circus, Te Tangi a te Tūī

02 Mar 2024
Eleven-year-old Te Rongopai Curreen-Tukiwaho has never seen a Māori circus performance before. Now, he gets to perform in one.
Wāhine Māori shine at film and television awards

Wāhine Māori shine at film and television awards

01 Mar 2024
Broadcaster Mihingarangi Forbes was one of three Māori winners at the Women in Film and Television (WIFT) awards last night.
Pākehā asked to be aware as demand for te reo grows

Pākehā asked to be aware as demand for te reo grows

29 Feb 2024
Demand for Kura Reo and te reo Māori is growing and many non-Māori are lending their voices to the revitalisation of te reo.
Wikiti! Why you’ll see Maori words on your TV during Australia’s Test series

Wikiti! Why you’ll see Maori words on your TV during Australia’s Test series

28 Feb 2024
When the first batter is dismissed at Basin Reserve on Thursday, viewers will see a graphic that not only says “wicket” but also “wikiti”, the Maori translation of the term.
Revolutionary Te Reo Māori daily app debuts globally

Revolutionary Te Reo Māori daily app debuts globally

28 Feb 2024
Ōtautahi-based creative agency Not Another™ is launching a first-of-its-kind Slack app aimed at teaching millions of Slack users worldwide to speak Te Reo Māori.
Innovative new Kaitāia educational programme uses latest technology to teach history to rangatahi

Innovative new Kaitāia educational programme uses latest technology to teach history to rangatahi

27 Feb 2024
Lasike said the launch marks the start of a unique journey where rangatahi will delve into the rich story of Tōhe, the visionary navigator whose legacy is embedded in the landscape of Te Oneroa-a-Tōhe.
Learning te reo as an adult: Tips for success

Learning te reo as an adult: Tips for success

25 Feb 2024
“If you want to learn to speak Māori, it’s not a case of merely learning a language and then you end up a reo speaker. Your identity changes too. It’s like you have to be reborn.”
Former All Black’s Ngāi Tahu roots call him south

Former All Black’s Ngāi Tahu roots call him south

25 Feb 2024
Jones had always wanted to better himself and understand his iwi. The most “amazing” part of his journey so far had been learning the language.
A week long wananga about opera

A week long wananga about opera

24 Feb 2024
In April New Zealand Opera will hold a week long wananga at Waikato University with an open invitation to Aotearoa's story tellers to embrace one of music's most challenging genres.
Stan Walker on ‘uncle Tāme Iti’, his Tūhoetana, tamariki and tunes

Stan Walker on ‘uncle Tāme Iti’, his Tūhoetana, tamariki and tunes

24 Feb 2024
Stan Walker's first hit ‘Blackbox’ and his newest waiata ‘Māori Ki Te Ao’ sound like the work of two completely different artists. And in a way, they are.
L.A.B on new album, reo journey and upcoming tour

L.A.B on new album, reo journey and upcoming tour

23 Feb 2024
Vocalist Stuart Kora hints at the possibility of a reo Māori waiata soon and says he has been taking reo classes with his wife as a way to contribute to the language’s vitality and strength.
Hatupatu/Kurungaituku: A Forbidden Love that flies

Hatupatu/Kurungaituku: A Forbidden Love that flies

22 Feb 2024

Tanemahuta Gray’s production for Taki Rua, Hatupatu/Kurungaituku: A Forbidden Love, brings together the realms of aerial performance, traditional kapa haka and modern dance.

Top kapa haka performers ready to compete this weekend

Top kapa haka performers ready to compete this weekend

21 Feb 2024
Te Matatini champions to take the stage at Mātaatua senior regionals.
Kura reo courses sell out in minutes as demand grows

Kura reo courses sell out in minutes as demand grows

21 Feb 2024
“By the end of that first kura reo, I remember it I was dreaming in te reo Māori. It was in Christchurch and I went up the street to get a break and buy a real coffee and I remember going into the shop and speaking Māori to the girl and not realising it.”
Chelsea Winstanley on the collapse of her marriage to Taika Waititi

Chelsea Winstanley on the collapse of her marriage to Taika Waititi

21 Feb 2024
Winstanley (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi) has been one of the driving forces behind te reo Māori versions of popular Disney movies like Moana, Frozen and The Lion King.
Dumplings and fried bread – there’s more than one way to celebrate a new year

Dumplings and fried bread – there’s more than one way to celebrate a new year

21 Feb 2024
Among those celebrating last year was Chinese author Song Lam, who attended festivals, handing out language cards that offered Chinese and English explanations for greetings in te reo Māori.
NZ's National Kiwi Hatchery just revealed the beautiful Te Reo name given to its 2500th chick

NZ's National Kiwi Hatchery just revealed the beautiful Te Reo name given to its 2500th chick

21 Feb 2024
While it was a close vote, one name came out on top - Ātārangi, which is 'morning sky' in Te Reo.
 NZ’s first-ever sports documentary in te reo Māori

NZ’s first-ever sports documentary in te reo Māori

20 Feb 2024
Ruamata: It’s More Than Hockey is about a little kura kaupapa Māori based in Rotorua taking on some of the biggest private schools in the country. 
How Wellington is getting its macron on

How Wellington is getting its macron on

20 Feb 2024
It has taken just six years but Wellington streets are about to get a macron — to boost māramatanga in Māori as well as English.
Celebration of the spiritual power of Maori women coming to Victoria

Celebration of the spiritual power of Maori women coming to Victoria

20 Feb 2024
“I feel very proud that I can create a vehicle for our reo (language) and our tikanga (customs). Our stories, our waiata (song). Our essence is being given the opportunity to be on the international stage.”
Taonga tākaro have new home in the Super 8 competition

Taonga tākaro have new home in the Super 8 competition

19 Feb 2024
Horohopu is one of the Taonga Tākaro making first apperance for a majority of students in the competition.
Bilingual blast for Indigenous lead match up

Bilingual blast for Indigenous lead match up

16 Feb 2024
Sky Sport’s Māori strategy lead Kirstin Te Wao-Edmonds says over a third of New Zealanders enjoy rugby league, at least 20 percent of whom are Māori. She says the bilingual broadcast is a way to make te reo Māori accessible for all sports fans.
Award-winning theatre stalwarts bring circus theatre and kaupapa Māori to the stage

Award-winning theatre stalwarts bring circus theatre and kaupapa Māori to the stage

15 Feb 2024
Two stalwarts in indigenous theatre and co-founders of Te Pou, the home of Māori theatre in Auckland, have won major awards recognising their contribution to the theatre industry.
Kapa haka grows in South Island region

Kapa haka grows in South Island region

14 Feb 2024
Kapa haka teams in Te Tauihu o Te Waka a Māui are going from strength to strength as they prepare for next weekend’s regional competitions.
University of Otago appoints first Deputy-Vice Chancellor Māori

University of Otago appoints first Deputy-Vice Chancellor Māori

13 Feb 2024
Jacinta Ruru has been appointed as the University of Otago's Deputy-Vice Chancellor Māori.
Exploring te reo Māori in a business context

Exploring te reo Māori in a business context

12 Feb 2024
Incorporating te reo Māori into business communication, whether verbal or written, is a way to normalise the language, support its revitalisation and foster a workplace culture that is inclusive, respectful and uniquely Māori, Komene says.
New kura's principal aiming for kids who stand proud and confident in both worlds

New kura's principal aiming for kids who stand proud and confident in both worlds

10 Feb 2024
The Papakura principal wants students to feel comfortable in the Māori and Pākeha worlds.
Macrons added to street signs in Marlborough

Macrons added to street signs in Marlborough

09 Feb 2024
Three years after agreeing to put macrons on more than a dozen incorrect te reo Māori street signs in Marlborough, most of them have been fixed.
‘Rere Atu Taku Poi!’ he pukapuka mō te iwi āniwaniwa mā te katoa

‘Rere Atu Taku Poi!’ he pukapuka mō te iwi āniwaniwa mā te katoa

08 Feb 2024
He pukapuka mā te hunga rangatahi takatāpui kāre e tino kaha ana te kite ana i ngā tāngata pērā i a rātau.
Far North council changes Māori name ahead of Waitangi Day

Far North council changes Māori name ahead of Waitangi Day

05 Feb 2024
The council’s 35-year-old logo is being revamped to include the area’s traditional indigenous name Te Kaunihera o Te Hiku o te Ika.
Playing Favourites with Kiran Parbhu

Playing Favourites with Kiran Parbhu

03 Feb 2024

A fourth generation Kiwi of Indian ancestry, Kiran came to fame when Maori language advocate Matai Rangi Smith praised his fluency of Te Reo. Kiran was captaining Matai's Air New Zealand flight at the time.

Te reo Māori version of Beds are Burning to be performed at West Auckland festival

Te reo Māori version of Beds are Burning to be performed at West Auckland festival

02 Feb 2024
Former Midnight Oil and indigenous rights activist Peter Garrett - who will headline the Waitangi @ Waititi concert in West Auckland - will also be unveiling a te reo version of the band’s biggest and most loved hit song, Beds are Burning.
Demand soars for kura reo

Demand soars for kura reo

01 Feb 2024
Independent Māori language revitalisation body Te Mātāwai is facing growing demand for kura reo. Chief executive Poia Rewi says it is investing in 61 kura reo this financial year 2023/2024 compared with 29 in 2022/23.
Rotorua gym introduces new “haka fit” membership video icon

Rotorua gym introduces new “haka fit” membership

01 Feb 2024
A gym membership programme for Te Arawa kaihaka has just started, as the preparation for their regional haka competition gets underway.
Microsoft’s Dan Walker creates AI as support for mātauranga Māori

Microsoft’s Dan Walker creates AI as support for mātauranga Māori

01 Feb 2024
The AI, named Te Rau o te Huia, a tribute to Walker’s nana, is knowledgable in south Taranaki mātauranga Māori It has the ability to name iwi, hapū and marae of the region.
‘Let's build our own gym’: The fitness studio where most of the trainers speak te reo Māori

‘Let's build our own gym’: The fitness studio where most of the trainers speak te reo Māori

01 Feb 2024
The Movement, at its core, is a space created for Māori to feel comfortable, to use their reo for those who can and an opportunity for others to learn. Kaupapa Māori is central to everything the gym does.
Push for te reo Māori in South Wairarapa

Push for te reo Māori in South Wairarapa

29 Jan 2024
South Wairarapa District Council is seeking the endorsement of a refreshed Māori Policy that will ingrain the use of te reo Māori within the organisation and community.
Whakataukī of the week: 'Everyone's got their own place'

Whakataukī of the week: 'Everyone's got their own place'

29 Jan 2024
Hospitality operator and te reo Maōri advocate Anton Matthews says his favourite whakataukī is about valuing people who work in the public eye just as much as those who work behind the scenes.
Waitakere Ranges walking track re-opened, ingoa Māori reinstated video icon

Waitakere Ranges walking track re-opened, ingoa Māori reinstated

29 Jan 2024
Following six years of restoration work, the Cascade Kauri walking track was re-opened, with its original ingoa Māori - Te Piringa, being reinstated.
Bilingual Waitangi Day service a first for Eltham church

Bilingual Waitangi Day service a first for Eltham church

27 Jan 2024
Central Taranaki Anglican missioner the Rev Paul Bowers-Mason says he and the Rev Vincent Nuku (Ngāti Ruanui) are looking forward to welcoming people of all denominations to the service at All Saints Church in Arakamu / Eltham.
We’ve made a conscious decision to put women at the forefront - Tina Karaitiana

We’ve made a conscious decision to put women at the forefront - Tina Karaitiana

25 Jan 2024
“We’ve made a conscious decision to actually put women at the forefront. so when people, manuhiri, come into Netball New Zealand’s whare, they will be greeted and welcomed by women,”
'We’re all learning together': Programme aims to encourage use of te reo Māori in classrooms

'We’re all learning together': Programme aims to encourage use of te reo Māori in classrooms

24 Jan 2024
About 70 per cent of the school's students identify as Māori.
Whakataukī of the Week with Dr Hinemoa Elder

Whakataukī of the Week with Dr Hinemoa Elder

22 Jan 2024
Why can New Zealanders recall more lines from Shakespeare or Shel Silverstein than whakataukī - Māori proverbs?
Chelsea Winstanley named finalist in Women in Film and Television New Zealand Awards

Chelsea Winstanley named finalist in Women in Film and Television New Zealand Awards

18 Jan 2024

The Women in Film and Television New Zealand Awards group has announced finalists for this year’s ceremony.

Using Māori culture to connect with dog owners

Using Māori culture to connect with dog owners

17 Jan 2024
A fluent speaker of te reo Māori, Te Atu Rangi joined the Animal Control Unit in November last year and is enjoying the new job.
Te reo takeaways

Te reo takeaways

15 Jan 2024

A new study from the University of Canterbury shows that non-Māori speakers can reliably distinguish Māori words from almost-words—which gives anyone wanting to learn the language a head start.

Theia / TE KAAHU

Theia / TE KAAHU

15 Jan 2024
Alternative pop musician Theia is a fierce proponent of the revitalisation of Maori language and culture. 
Ngahiwi Apanui-Barr: Discovering identity through reggae

Ngahiwi Apanui-Barr: Discovering identity through reggae

14 Jan 2024
His band Aotearoa regularly toured the country throughout the 80s and 90s. They were highly political, and played an important role encouraging people to embrace Te Reo and Maori culture at a time that wasn't as prevalent as it is today.
Janine Morrell-Gunn’s te reo triumph

Janine Morrell-Gunn’s te reo triumph

10 Jan 2024
Kiwi TV producer and businesswoman Janine explains how the birth of her first grandchild has changed her life.
PMN’s Summer Series: As te reo Māori use rises, can churches save Pacific languages from dying?

PMN’s Summer Series: As te reo Māori use rises, can churches save Pacific languages from dying?

07 Jan 2024
Educators say the increase in te reo Māori should be an example for those wanting to revitalise Pacific languages.
The Language of Dance

The Language of Dance

06 Jan 2024
That’s the aim of a series of workshops that’s being run by movement artist and reo speaker, Mapihi Kelland (Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Kahungunu, Syrian).
Aro translates mātauranga Māori into music

Aro translates mātauranga Māori into music

06 Jan 2024
He Rākau, He Ngārara will be Aro’s fourth body of work and is based on research into kōrero tuku iho (oral tradition) from Charles Looker’s iwi and hapū about native trees, insects and reptiles.
Ko te reo Māori te tino kai a Domino’s

Ko te reo Māori te tino kai a Domino’s

03 Jan 2024
“Domino’s team members who feel comfortable conversing in te reo will now also wear Reo Māori pins in-store to promote public, everyday usage of the language."
'The rock of our Te Arawa kapa haka': Mourners pay tribute to poi expert

'The rock of our Te Arawa kapa haka': Mourners pay tribute to poi expert

03 Jan 2024
Ngamoni Huata was a poi expert who will be missed for her knowledge and guidance.
Ōtautahi Live: Ngā Reo Tīoriori

Ōtautahi Live: Ngā Reo Tīoriori

01 Jan 2024
Ngā Reo Tīoriori bring you a set of their recordings and chat about their music with RNZ engineer Alex Harmer.
Letty Brown: ‘It Starts In The Home’

Letty Brown: ‘It Starts In The Home’

31 Dec 2023
Ereti ‘Letty’ Brown of Ngāti Porou and Te Whānau ā Apanui is now an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
Te Matahaka: Five notable gems from Te Matatini 2023

Te Matahaka: Five notable gems from Te Matatini 2023

30 Dec 2023
Over the next few weeks, Te Karere is profiling a different kapa haka as part of their special summer series on Te Matatini.
Dr Hana O’Regan uplifted by ‘inspiring response’ to government’s policies impacting te reo Māori

Dr Hana O’Regan uplifted by ‘inspiring response’ to government’s policies impacting te reo Māori

30 Dec 2023
Dr Hana O’Regan’s (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waitaha) contribution to the revitalisation of te reo Māori and education over 30 years has been recognised in the New Year Honours.
Meet Perseus Ngapera: The Weet-Bix kid ‘kickstarting’ his reo Māori journey and first Kids TRYathlon

Meet Perseus Ngapera: The Weet-Bix kid ‘kickstarting’ his reo Māori journey and first Kids TRYathlon

24 Dec 2023
Hawke’s Bay 11-year-old Perseus Ngapera (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāpuhi) is confident he will have lots of whānau support when he takes part in his first Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon in Hastings in February.
Ngahiwi Apanui | Te Taura Whiri I Te Reo Māori Chief Executive

Ngahiwi Apanui | Te Taura Whiri I Te Reo Māori Chief Executive

22 Dec 2023
Reflecting on a great year for Te Reo Māori and its current growth.