Category Archives: Māori

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori slideshow

UC did Te Wiki o te Reo Māori proud this week. Wananei! Check out the slideshow.

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Māori wahine with cerebral palsy communicates using tech

Ko taku reo taku ohooho, ko taku reo taku mapihi mauria

My language is my awakening, my language is the window to my soul

Have you ever thought what life might be like if you were unable to speak? UC student Dean Sutherland shares a story he found inspirational.

Unable to communicate with others using the language of your culture? Isolation, frustration and people making assumptions about your ability to think are common experiences. Thankfully there is now technology available to help many children and adults who struggle to speak or lose the ability. These are known as Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices.

Geneva Tino is a young Māori wahine with cerebral palsy who communicates using technology – and is pursuing her dream of speaking te reo Māori. Geneva’s determination to be accepted, included and to learn te reo Māori is inspiring.

In this video watch how Geneva communicates and learn about the importance of te Reo Māori

(Video: Copyright Attitude Pictures Limited)

Geneva uses her AAC device to communicate her needs, thoughts and feelings. Currently the technology only supports spoken English, and when te reo Māori terms are entered the pronunciation is far from accurate. Initiatives are now underway to develop the software that will enable Geneva’s text-to-speech system to speak te Reo Māori.

Kia ora te reo Māori!

Dean Sutherland



Whakanuia Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2017

E ngā muka tangata o Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha kua rangitāmirohia nei e tā tātou kaupapa huia kaimanawa i te wiki nei, arā, ko te whakanuia o te reo mō Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, tēnā tātou.  Ahakoa te iti, te nui rānei o te puna kupu, me kaha tātou ki te whakamahi, ki te kōrero hoki i te reo, kia ora ai te reo Māori ki tō tātou Whare Wānanga o Waitaha, ki te hapori, ki ngā wāhi katoa o te motu – hīkina te mānuka!

Greetings to all staff and students as, next week, we support another Māori Language Week here at UC.  Te Wiki o te reo Māori is a great time for us all to embrace the challenge of speaking and using te reo Māori – regardless of how little or how much we may have so that we can strengthen the use of reo Māori within our institution, our community and across all of Aotearoa – let’s take up the challenge!

This year, UC will celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, from today to 15 Mahuru (September) (view the full programme here).  The theme Kia ora te reo Māori was chosen to celebrate New Zealand’s indigenous greeting, and also as the words ‘Kia Ora’ are an exact description of the intent of the new partnerships for te reo Māori revitalisation between the Crown and Māori under the new Māori Language Act 2016.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori is an opportunity to embrace te reo and build your bicultural competence and confidence.  A range of activities will be happening across campus over the next week.  I encourage you to make the most of the events and resources available, particularly the sound files on the Ngā Ingoa Māori i Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha webpage.  Here you can learn key role, unit and building names at UC and how to pronounce them in te reo Māori.

Beyond Te Wiki there are many opportunities here at UC for you to begin your learning journey or continue on the pathway towards strengthenging your Māori language skills and knowledge by completing courses at Aotahi – School of Māori and Indigenous Studies or by participating in a Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora or Te Reo Māori for the Workplace workshop.  Whatever pathway you choose, this week is also a great time to begin using the words you know in everyday conversation on an ongoing basis.

Kia kaha, kia māia, kia manawanui e hoa mā!

Mauri ora, nā
Dr Rod Carr
Vice-Chancellor Te Tumu Whakarae