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Teariki’s experience of Te Reo Māori overseas

The Māori language is very much revered overseas. While living in Asia for nearly nine years, I often saw the beauty of our language and culture in travel documentaries that highlighted the significance of Māori values and aspirations.

Internationally, being Māori is absolute gold. The nations across the world love our culture and language. I am often asked to do a haka wherever I travel, and everyone thinks that Jonah Lomu, the king of rugby, is a Māori too. I find this really hilarious and am quick to claim him as Ngā Puhi – my tribal group from the far north.

My friend Emma Puloka has been learning about my ‘Māori ways’ and is travelling across the Pacific for her PHD research. As a Pasifika person, we have very close ties with our language and cultural values. She is promoting our language across the beautiful Pacific, the land of our ancestors. Nā reira, ngā mihi nui ki a tātou katoa.

Nā Teariki

– By Teariki Tuiono

Learning through language immersion

Ko ngā reo wānanga

Ngā Mihi Whānau,

Learning a second language can be very challenging, but through the tough times come plenty of rewards! For me (Nate), it was having the ability to be able to stand on my marae and kōrero (speak) the language of my tīpuna (ancestors), te reo Māori.

One of the strategies that we find most beneficial is attending wānanga reo, or noho marae (language immersion programmes). During these hui (gatherings), you learn a new language, waiata, and tikanga (customs/values), but the most important feature of a wānanga reo/noho marae is that you are required to speak only te reo Māori from beginning to end. Collaborative environments like this are where the majority of language learning occurs!

Various institutions run wānanga reo; and for anyone that is interested in these types of hui, I would highly recommend that you find out exactly where and when they take place.

One amazing opportunity is the Kura Reo that takes place in the South Island once a year. To find out more about this, visit the Ngāi Tahu website.

Nei rā te mihi ki a koutou katoa!

Nā Teariki rāua ko Nate

– By Teariki Tuiono and Nathan Riki

UC students learn from Cobham Intermediate

Kia ora ano whānau!

On Monday, Hōaka Pounamu Postgraduate Diploma in Education students from the University of Canterbury went to Cobham Intermediate. The purpose of this visit was to hear how Deputy Principal Tamara Bell, staff and students promote te reo Māori me ōna tikanga (language and customs) in their school.

It was amazing to see how the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi are being implemented amongst their staff and students. The overarching goal is to provide their students with an excellent education that is relevant, meaningful and culturally responsive to their learning needs.Cobham Intermediate Visit

It was a delight to sit down with the confident, kaiārahi Māori (Māori student leaders) and discuss their perspectives of what ‘being Māori’ means to them and how their mentoring roles support other Māori tauira at Cobham. They were excited to share how they are responsible for organising events such as Māori hui (meetings), karakia at the beginning and end of assemblies, sharing their pepeha and much more.

‘Ko ngā rangatahi inaiānei, ā, ko ngā rangatira āpōpō!’

‘The children of today are the chiefs of tomorrow!’

Nei rā te mihi ki a koutou mō ō koutou manaakitanga i tēnei rā! Nō reira, ngā mihi kau ana, ngā mihi mahana, ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa.

Nā Nate rāua ko Teariki

– By Teariki Tuiono and Nathan Riki