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The rise of Matariki (star cluster also known as the Pleiades or the Seven Sisters) in the winter skies above Aotearoa is an important time in the Māori calendar, as it signifies the start of the Māori new year. The celebration of Matariki this year is from 19 June to 11 July 2021, with major celebrations centred around Saturday 3 July.
Historically, the Māori new year celebrations provided the opportunity for whānau to come together to acknowledge the year gone by, prepare and plan for the year ahead; to celebrate with kai, kōrero, ceremony and entertainment, and today many more of Aotearoa also join in to recognise and celebrate this important time of year.
Last year, due to alert level changes from COVID-19, many celebrations and events were cancelled, so we’re looking forward to getting out and about to celebrate Matariki here in Te Tauihu this year.
See below some of the events happening in the rohe in the coming week.
For the whānau
Karakia mō Matariki 2021 mō Puanga ki Te Uma Urupā
On Saturday 3 July 2021, with a very early start, we are celebrating the Māori New Year at Te Uma Urupā.
A 50 seater bus has been organised to transport people from Te Awhina Marae to Te Uma Urupā, where there will be an official ceremony, guest speakers, a breakfast, and of course time for plenty of stargazing.
This event requires registration. Please register via email to receive a detailed programme and further instructions email@example.com
Saturday 3 July from 4pm
Nelson City Council is hosting Te Huihui-o-Matariki again in 2021. A variety of stalls will be available offering a diverse range of food and refreshments, as well as Māori arts and crafts.
This year’s event will feature entertainment from local kapa haka groups (and more to be confirmed) including a performance by singer and songwriter Sianne Dougherty (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Tūwharetoa). Sianne will be performing live with Grove Roots before the evening concludes with a fireworks display at 7pm.
Gold coin entry
For the tamariki
Matariki celebration at the Motueka Library
Friday 2 July, 3.30pm – 4.45
Join in on a fun session in the Tamariki Zone to celebrate Matariki. Listen to some wonderful Matariki stories and make a Manu iti (kite).
Suitable for 4 – 12 year olds. Parents are encouraged to stay and help.
Kai available from 3.30pm 3.45pm.
Matariki Take & Make Stars
From Monday 21 June – Saturday 10 July
Pick up your free craft kit and make paper stars for Matariki in the comfort of your own home.
Monday 28 June - Saturday 10 July, 1.00pm
Write a poem to celebrate Matariki: Te Tau Hou Māori - the Māori New Year. Write your poem in English or te reo Māori with an English translation. For all ages. Submit your poem at Motueka Library or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Matariki Scavenger Hunt
Friday 2 July - Saturday 10 July
Collect your entry form from the Motueka Library, discover nine Matariki stars hidden around the library, then enter the lucky prize draw. For 5-12 year olds.
There are also plenty of library based events for the tamariki in the Takaka, Richmond, and Murchison libraries. Click here for more information.
Waitangi Day 2021 in Te Tauihu
There is some awesome Waitangi Day events in Te Tauihu this year for everyone to join in. Check out what’s happening in the rohe.
Whānau fun day at Kaiteretere
Saturday 6 February 8:30am - 3:00pm
Please meet at the carpark at the boat ramp end of Kaiteretere Beach at 8.30am to walk up to Kaka Pā Point by 9am for karakia and mihimihi, followed by a kōrero on the history of this significant wāhi tapū site.
Vans will be available for our Kaumatua and less able whānau.
Waka ama, weaving and other activities will be down on the main beach from 10am.
BBQ kai at 1pm – please RSVP for catering to email@example.com
Please bring your togs, towel, beach chair, sunblock and drink bottle. Water and sanitiser will be provided.
If it is wet, it will be postponed to Sunday 7 February 2021.
Te Pātaka o Wairau Māori Night Market
Te Pātaka o Wairau Māori Night Market kicks off Waitangi Weekend this Friday 5 February 2021 from 4-8pm at Seymour Square.
Check out their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/TePatakaoWairau/
There’s a great line up of entertainment for all the whanau to enjoy:
4pm: Ngā Taiohi o Wairau (MGC)
4.30pm: Local Legend Presentation
4.45pm: Tee + Cass
5.45pm: Soraya Walker
6pm: Tom + Grumpy Monkey
6.30pm: Carolynn Tipene & The Lix
7pm: Thomas Poki
7.30pm: Dj Bex
8pm: Closing Karakia
Movie about the Treat signing
This docudrama follows an imaginary news reporter who travels back in time to cover the days leading up to the Treaty of Waitangi’s signing on 6 February 1840.
Whakatū Marae Waitangi Celebrations
Whakatū Marae is holding a small event Waitangi Festival. There is still an opportunity to join the celebrations.
Where: Whakatū Marae on the grass area in front of Tumatakokiri, Rangikapua and Kohanga Buildings. Time: - 3.00pm – 7.30pm onwards
Bring umbrella and folding chair, sun-lotion and sun-glasses and a big appetite
Food: -Mussel fritters, fry bread, hangi, and more
Crafts: - Kete, Pakohe, Maori jewellery etc
Please contact me if you like to come and join us on the day- we still have sites available.
If you would like to know more please contact Carol.Hippolite@whakatumarae.co.nz
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
In 1972, a defining moment in the revitalisation of our language was seen in the Capital when 30,000 signatures were delivered to the steps of Parliament. The signatures were calling for te reo Māori to be taught in schools. 38 years later, the goal is to reach one million te reo speakers by 2040 and this week, on 14 September, marked another defining moment – the Māori Language Moment.
The Māori Language Moment was an open invitation to all New Zealanders to celebrate what makes Aotearoa unique - te reo Māori. It encouraged anyone, no matter where you are from, your age, or how well you can speak to listen, play, learn, speak, read or sing in te reo Māori for a short moment at 12pm on Monday 14 September.
Monday 14 September is also the start of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori - Māori Language Week, and while we’d usually provide a list of local activities you can get involved with, this year, due to our need to social distance, Te Wiki o te Reo Māori is largely an online national event.
So, to play your vital role in the revitalisation and awareness of te reo Māori, we encourage you to get involved this year digitally.
To make it a little more fun, we have got goodie packs to giveaway to a few lucky winners who share their photos with us on Facebook of what they’ve done as part of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.
Here are some of our ideas to use throughout the week.
- Download and play Tipu – a Māori Language learning app for all ages. Tipu will help you to learn te Reo Māori quickly! The app has an innovative Personalised Progression Memory which allows it to remember what words and phrases you know and which ones you need a little extra testing on. Download for iPhone or Android.
- Put up te reo Māori COVID-19 information posters next to English posters to assist with translation – download posters here.
- Learn a mihi appropriate for your circumstances (iwi, work, family, school).
- For comic book or Marvel lovers read Māori legend comics in te reo or English with Sanctuary: Pūrakau Evolution.
- Order your coffee in te reo.
- Do a word find.
- For a real challenge set out to learn a word a day for a year – see 365 Māori words.
Tell us what your workplace or school is doing this year for Māori Language Week – and remember to send us a photo of what you’re doing to participate to firstname.lastname@example.org and you’re in with a chance to win an NRAIT goodie pack.
Ko taku reo taku ohooho, ko taku reo taku mapihi mauria
My language is my awakening, my language is the window to my soul
- Winners will be announced on Monday 21 September
- Registered NRAIT owners residing in Aotearoa are only eligible to win the prize.
- Must send your photo through between 14-18 September
Light shows, kapa haka, storytelling, crafting, star hunting, festivals and so much more is on again this year for Matariki – the Māori New Year; signalled by the appearance of a special group of seven stars that can be seen from around the shortest day of the year.
Although the calendar is again full across the country of activities and events for all ages, things look a little different this year due to precautions around Covid-19. Festivals and events are being held in smaller locations and many events have moved to viewing and joining in online, which makes for a whole new way to experience this year’s celebrations.
This year, Matariki is celebrated on 13 July and in the middle of the Term 3 school holidays. The timing couldn’t be better with all the fun things the regions have planned.
Here’s a look at a few of the online activities and local events in Te Tau Ihu.
Join in from home
Learn how to find the Matariki star cluster
All ages | Anytime | Free
Educator Martin Langdon, on behalf of Te Papa Museum shows us how to find the Matariki star cluster in this awesome short video: https://youtu.be/h3ETD3rPnFQ
Ngā Waiata o te Pō : Sunday 12 July, 10am
Suitable for tamariki and rangatahi (6 – 17 years) | Online | Free
In episode one, Matariki, join four friends as they head off on an adventure into the forest on a camping trip, with the hope of being able to see the Matariki star cluster in the night sky. Discover music built from the sounds of nature; the whistling of the wind, birdsong and water running over rocks in the stream. Watch it here on Sunday 12 July at 10am: https://chambermusic.co.nz/matariki/
Matariki on the Move: Kōrero – Te Whetū o Te Tau: Tuesday 14 July, 7-8pm
Suitable for all ages | Online | Free
Join Professor Rangi Matamua, renowned Māori astronomer and Matariki expert for a special Matariki Festival online kōrero (lecture) on Matariki TV. He will share his wisdom and knowledge about the Matariki star cluster and its connection to the Māori new year, along with its crucial role in the Māori division of time that follows the natural cycles of the environment: https://www.matarikifestival.org.nz/2020/matariki-on-the-move-korero-te-whetu-o-te/
Watch Moana in Reo Māori
For the keen Moana fans out there Disney+ in New Zealand and Australia have added Moana in Reo. Watch it with the whole whānau to celebrate Matariki.
Out and about in Te Tau Ihu
2020 Matariki Festival - Te Huihui-o-Matariki: Saturday 18th July 2020
Whole family | Neale Park, Nelson | Free
Nelson City Council invites the community to join us in celebrating Matariki. Proceedings will be livestreamed via Facebook and YouTube starting at 6pm:
- Opening Karakia | Kaumātua
- Mayors Message | Mayor Rachel Reese
- Kapa Haka Performance | Te Kapa o Kura Tai Waka
- Light Art Projects
The evening will then conclude with a fireworks display at 7pm, from Neale Park, Nelson
Learn more here: https://itson.co.nz/2020/21588-matariki-festival
Matariki activity booklet
Collect your free activity booklet from any Tasman library. You can also download directly from the Te Papa website. You may collect your booklet from 6-17 July 2020.
Learn more and download your booklet here: https://www.tepapa.govt.nz/learn/for-educators/free-downloadable-activity-books/matariki-activity-book
Let’s Discover Matariki Storytime – Motueka Library
10:00am-11:30am, Thursday 9 July and Thursday 16 July 2020
Tamariki 4 – 9 yrs | Motueka Library | Free
Our Let's Discover Matariki Storytimes are suitable for 4-9 year olds. Pre-schoolers, please bring an adult. Come and join us for some fantastic stories and celebrate Matariki! Get creative and make something exciting to take home.
Matariki rock painting MakerSpace at Motueka Library
10:00am-11:30am, Tuesday 14 July 2020
All ages | Motueka Library | Free
Come along and paint rocks with your own designs. Find a place to hide your rock and explore your local area to see what others have created. Materials provided. Bring your imagination! All ages are welcome.
Matariki star hunt: 6 -17 July 2020
All ages | All Tasman District Libraries | Free
Tasman District Libraries have hidden nine stars in and around Richmond, Motueka and Takaka libraries for you to find! You can find all nine just for fun, and scan the QR code on each to learn some fascinating star facts. The star hunt runs from 6 – 17 July.
Also be sure to check out the Matariki Festival 2020 calendar. Although these are mainly Auckland events, there is a big line up of online and virtual events to enjoy from anywhere in the country.
Enjoy the school holidays and have fun celebrating Matariki 2020.
Te Toi Huarewa o Ngāti Rārua Ātiawa
The evolution of our education funding programme
It is great to see the 2020 education funding applications are already flowing in. Our mahi over the past several years has been to expand the options so more of you can access the funding available while also working within the framework of Ipukarea – our strategic plan.
To do that, the education funding programme has been evolving and transforming to align with jobs of the future, skills that will enhance and preserve mātauranga Māori, and to respond to the feedback from the hapū.
Since 2016, we’ve expanded our grant and scholarship programme to support all our hapū wanting to further their education and training – including for education that isn’t considered a graduate degree. That has included funding support for trades training, te reo and other adult education, as well as learning support for secondary and primary school tamariki.
In 2019 we launched our Mātauranga Māori Kaitiaki Scholarship which recognises a registered NRAIT owner undertaking a Masters or PhD related to Māori knowledge – knowledge originating from a Māori worldview, and this year, we’ve created a separate grant that focuses on the pursual of advancing owners’ knowledge of te reo and tikanga.
We’ve also given our education programme an official name - Te Toi Huarewa o Ngāti Rārua Ātiawa – Education Framework as well as updating the look, and perhaps more importantly, we have renamed all the grants and scholarships to have Māori names.
A very big thank you to Pohe Stephens, our 2018 Supreme Scholarship recipient, who has done the mahi to rename the framework and all the grant and scholarship categories. Pohe has also provided the following whakatauki for Te Toi Huarewa o Ngāti Rārua Ātiawa.
Tāpiki-te-aweawe o Tāwhaki
Anything is possible when you believe in yourself
In Tainui and Taranaki lore, it was Tāwhaki-Nui-a-Hema who climbed ‘Te Toi Huarewa’ - a sacred vine leading to Te Toi o Ngā Rangi (the heavens above) in pursuit of the three baskets of knowledge. Te Uru Tau, Te Uru Rangi, and Te Uru Matua. Before Tāwhaki made his ascent, he recited the following incantation to give him strength...
“Tāpiki-nuku, Tāpiki-waho, Tāpiki-te-aweawe o Tāwhaki.”
Apply for a 2020 education grant or scholarship
Education provides the pathway to empowerment, employment and mātauranga; putting you in charge of your own opportunities, and as kaitiaki of our legacy, we encourage our whānau members to seek knowledge across a range of skills that will support the development and advancement of our hapū.
While some of our funding streams focus on specific skills and subjects, any application that raises the level of general education will be considered, at all levels of learning.
So, if you have been considering applying, or considering further education – look through the grants and scholarships available and the related criteria for each one here.
We also encourage you to view and download Te Toi Huarewa o Ngāti Rārua Ātiawa – Education Framework PDF document to get a full overview of the options.
The 2020 grants and scholarships available include:
- Tāpiki-Nuku Grant - Primary Education Grant
- Tāpiki-Waho Grant - Secondary Education Grant
- Tāpiki-Aweawe Grant - Education Grant
- Toi o Ngā Rangi Grant - Te Reo/Tikanga Grant
- Uru Tau - Tertiary Scholarship
- Uru Rangi Scholarship - Postgraduate Scholarship
- Uru Matua Scholarship - Supreme Scholarship
- Tāwhaki-nui-a-Hema Scholarship - Mātauranga Māori Kaitiaki Scholarship
Ohu Maatu - Together we grow stronger
While the rules are slightly more relaxed at alert level 3, we still have at least two weeks to go before we can socialise and see our wider whānau again and it is a timely reminder that we all still need each other, and for some they need it more than ever. Whether it be a daily phone call, a ringaringa (wave) across the street, some extra groceries delivered to our doorstep, or a firewood delivery for the coming winter. There are many of our whānau experiencing the impacts of Covid-19 differently to each of us reading this.
It is for that reason many of the iwi and organisations in the Te Tau Ihu rohe are offering support to those acutely affected to try and minimise the impact as much as possible and support each other. To make it that little bit easier, we’ve compiled the support offerings that we’re either part of or we’ve been made aware of, so you can use these yourself, or share these with your whānau who need them.
A scheme to provide one-off, quick response financial assistance to our most vulnerable whānau who have been impacted by COVID-19 and the government restrictions. This includes kaumatua, people who are unwell, and people who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
This is a joint initiative alongside Ngāti Koata Trust, Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rārua, Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trust, Wakatū Incorporation, as well as us Ngāti Rārua Ātiawa Iwi Trust (NRAIT).
Covid-19 Recovery Grant – NRAIT owners only
A specific grant being offered to Ngāti Rārua Ātiawa Iwi Trust owners is the Covid-19 Recovery Grant of $100 per registered owner. This is open to all NRAIT owners. Applications close on 30 April.
Urgent welfare assistance
For those living in Nelson and Tasman there is a COVID-19 helpline for those who need urgent welfare assistance such as food and clothing. This service is there for people who have no other options available to them.
Call 0800 50 50 75 and press 1 for Nelson and 2 for Tasman - the teams can work out what help is right for the situation.
A free phone line for questions about medicines
Ngā Kaitiaki o Te Puna Rongoā o Aotearoa – the Māori Pharmacists Association (MPA) recently launched a free phone line to answer questions that kaumātua or whānau may have about their medicines.
People can ring from anywhere across Aotearoa and their call will be returned within 24 hours by a Māori pharmacist.
The number to call is 0800 664 688
Free & confidential trained counsellor
It’s important to look after our wellbeing and the wellbeing of our whānau and community as we get through this – together. Things are really tough right now for some people who live with mental illness, and also for people experiencing stress and anxiety for the first time. It’s really important you look after your mental wellbeing, so do call or text the 1737 at any time to speak with a trained counsellor. It is free and confidential.
If you’re looking for some idea about how to get through check out these top tips for getting through.
Covid-19 advice for Māori – National Māori Pandemic Group
As tangata whenua, it’s important that Māori have access to tailored and relevant information, resources and practical guidance and advice on how to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here you will find information and resources specifically for Māori about the COVID-19 pandemic. This information has been developed by leading Māori medical experts for whānau Māori.
Other useful links
For local updates on the alert levels visit the Nelson Tasman Civil Defence Facebook Page here.
For accurate case numbers and the latest advice on symptoms, prevention and how Covid-19 spreads visit the Ministry of Health website here.
All information about the wage subsidy, changes to payments, and new support options from Work & Income can be found here.
If you have any others you think should be on this list, please send us an email to email@example.com with the details.
Doing your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation evolves and develops in Aotearoa, and as the Government introduces new parameters to keep us all safe, it’s a timely reminder on what we can do as a community to look after one another, most especially our kaumātua who are the most vulnerable at this time.
The following are some practical guides provided by Healthline, who are currently overwhelmed with phone calls from concerned Kiwis asking for advice. If you are well, and have a question about the coronavirus, please refer to the following guides before giving them a call.
- Encourage your whānau to practice good hygiene and be a role model
- If someone in your whare is sick, keep them separated from others – don’t share towels, or plates etc.
- Make a list of your whānau who are most at risk and check in on them – elderly and people with compromised immune systems (for example people getting treatment for cancer or other illnesses)
- Create a plan as a whānau – what you will do if you or someone in your whānau has to self-isolate
- Try and get enough food and medicines to last you at least two weeks and keep it stocked (don’t panic buy!)
Your place of mahi
Working at the office
- If you’re sick take time to rest and stay away from others
- Talk to your employer about your leave and what will happen if you need to stay home
- Make sure to wash your hands when you get to work and at regular times during the day
- Keep your work area clean and disinfect it regularly
- Don’t share plates, cups or utensils
- Monitor your own daily wellbeing
- Take regular breaks and exercise
- Stick to your routines – get up, get dressed
- Seek information updates at specific times during the day, once or twice. Too much information overload can be distracting and depressing
How Kaumatua can prepare for COVID-19
- If at all possible, stay away from social gatherings and groups of people
- If you feel sick ring Healthline or your GP immediately
- If you need more food or medicines, ask a whānau member to get it for you or get it delivered
- Phone your GP for a prescription and ask whānau to pick it up
- If you feel alone or scared, reach out to whānau or you can phone or text 1737 to talk to a counsellor
Where to get more information
It’s important to access reliable information from trusted sources about the coronavirus.
It’s important to seek information, but only from trusted sources and to minimize watching, reading or listening to news that causes you to feel anxious or distressed.
Here’s a list of websites and links to trusted and reliable sources of COVID-19 information.
- The COVID-19 website has all the most up to date guides and plans for New Zealand.
- For businesses needing to know their rights or those impacted by COVID-19 click here
- For information on Tikanga and Māori gatherings click here
- There are some great resources here to print and hang on the wall at mahi or a community centre
Work & Income: Information for those affected financially by COVID-19
Ministry of Health: Latest information and factsheets
Te Reo poster on How to protect yourself and others from COVID-19
Remember these three things: be kind, wash and dry your hands, stay home if you’re sick.
Ohu Maatu 2020 - Important notice
E te whānau – Tēnā koutou
The health and well-being of our whānau is of utmost importance.
After a lot of consideration about the current situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) and thinking about our wider community as well as the potential health and wellbeing risks of running an event in our town Motueka, the Trustees have decided to take a responsible lead and postpone this year’s Annual General Meeting scheduled for 25 April 2020 as well as fully cancel our Ohu Maatu celebrations for that same weekend.
The Board haven’t taken this decision lightly, but a pragmatic decision has been made nonetheless, noting that this will be the first time in 27 years that the Annual General Meeting has been postponed.
We are currently unable to provide a new date for when the Annual General Meeting will be held, this will depend ultimately on the ongoing impact of COVID-19.
We will still provide access to the 2019 Annual Report once it is finailised later this month.
Once a new date is confirmed, we will pānui this information out to you.
If you have any questions about the annual general meeting, please contact the office directly either via email firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone 03 548 0770.
As I write this today, I want to emphasise the importance of the global issue, but also offer a sense of unwavering optimism for the future. How we each respond at a time like this is a reflection of who we are and what we stand for.
Noho ora mai
2020 - The Year Ahead
2020 marks the beginning of a new tekau tau (decade) and as usual, there are many things to look forward to this coming year. We’ve listed a few events to keep a look out for, and to get involved with, and welcome input from our owners on what else is on this year’s wātaka.
Manawaroa: 14 Feb – 16 Feb
Last year we ran our first NRAIT wānanga with a small group of registered owners who supported us in designing an official wānanga called Manawaroa – open for a limited number of registered owners to apply to join. Excitingly Manawaroa 2020 is this weekend. Participants will learn deeper about their identity, the rohe and significant places and about our history through a weekend of workshops, exploration and waiata.
Be sure to follow our Facebook page to learn when applications open for Manawaroa 2021 later this year.
Check out the video from our inaugural wānanga held last year to see what it’s all about.
Ohu Maatu: 24 – 26 April
On the weekend of 24 - 26 April 2020, whānau and the descendants of the Ngāti Rārua Ātiawa Iwi Trust will come together for Ohu Maatu 2020. This is a weekend where we gather for our hui-ā-tau and reunite with our extended whānau and friends. Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be on 25 April where three Trustee elections are up this year including two Ngāti Rārua Trustees and one Te Ātiawa Trustee. More information on this to come.
Education programme applications: 1 June
Details for grants and scholarships on offer for 2020 will be available soon and applications open from 1 June. Education grants are open to any NRAIT registered members studying Certificates, Diplomas, Bachelor’s degrees, trades training, te reo, or adult education.
There are also some great stories of our successful applicants and their journeys on our website here.
Matariki: 13 July
Every year we celebrate the Māori New Year marked by the reappearance of Matariki, a cluster of seven stars – also known as the Pleiades. This year Matariki begins on 13 July. We’ll share a few more events happening in Te Tau Ihu and other material closer to the time. Be sure to follow the Facebook page to see updates.
Māori Language Week: 14 – 20 September
This year, Māori Language Week is 14 – 20 September. 14 September marks the day in 1972 when the petition for te reo Māori was presented to Parliament, which asked for active recognition of te reo. It had over 30,000 signatures and became the starting point for a significant revitalisation of our language. The theme continues on from previous years as ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’.
General Election: 19 September
During Māori Language Week, Aotearoa also holds its 2020 general election – to be held on Saturday 19 September. Be sure that you’re enrolled to vote. You can enrol, check your enrolment details, or update them here: http://www.elections.org.nz/voters/enrol-check-or-update-now
Other NRAIT events
Our lease reform negotiations have continued with the Crown and we hope to make an announcement to owners on this when we have more information.
Whether you follow and engage with us online on Facebook, share your story on our website, or join us at Ohu Maatu, we’re looking forward to connecting with you.
If you have recently moved, have a new email address, or there’s been a new member join your whānau – please ensure you update your details with the Trust. You can send these through to email@example.com.
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
In the early 1970s many Māori people reasserted their identity as Māori and an emphasis was put on the language as an integral part of Māori culture. Māori were increasingly recognising the danger that our language would be lost if nothing was done. New groups with a commitment to strengthening Māori culture and language emerged and in 1975, and every year since, Aotearoa has marked Te Wiki o te Reo Māori as a time for all New Zealanders to celebrate te Reo Māori and to use more in everyday life.
In recent years, te Reo has undergone a resurgence in popularity with more people learning to speak the language. The number of people enrolled in Māori language courses at polytechnics, universities and wānanga has grown from just over 16,000 in 2014 to nearly 25,000 in 2018. Beginner level 1 and 2 classes have nearly doubled in that time, from 7,134 to 12,835, with the majority of growth only occurring in the past three years.
But it’s not just at learning institutions where you learn te Reo. Over the years there have been more and more te Reo resources becoming available and making it easier to learn and understand, and most of them are free, so let’s take a look at some of the ways you can keep learning long after Te Wiki o te Reo Māori has finished.
How to get involved
- Stuff have put together a range of short videos to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori making it easy for anyone to understand.
- New Zealand History have two great resources where if you’re short on time you can learn A Māori word a day or learn 100 Māori words every New Zealander should know. These are easily laid out and have sound files included so you can practice the pronunciation.
- Tipu is an app designed by NRAIT Vice Chair Jeremy Banks’ business Plink Software. Tipu has many resources designed to help you learn te Reo. Download it here for Iphone https://apple.co/2lKVdqL or here for Android http://bit.ly/2lPDQ87
- Download these free interactive actions cards to get the tamariki involved and excited about learning te Reo.
- Prominent Māori broadcasters Scotty and Stacey Morrison have written six books on te Reo between them, all at varying levels so check these out if you’re looking to start learning te Reo: http://bit.ly/2kFVSth
We encourage all NRAIT owners to get involved this Māori Language Week, whether that’s through encouraging others to learn te Reo, sharing posters on social media or heading along to an event.
'Kia Kaha Te Reo Māori' - 'Let's make the Māori language strong'