Kia ora aku hoa mahi o Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha. Nei rā te mihi ki a koutou i Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.
UC cares about te reo Māori. Why? It is one signal of our commitment to bicultural competence and confidence. UC is committed to our students being biculturally competent and confident when they graduate, and each of us has a role in making that happen.
One way in which each of us can support UC is by taking care with our pronunciation of te reo Māori. It is respectful to take care when saying the names of our students and colleagues (no matter what their heritage). This isn’t always easy! The Office of the AVC Māori will provide you with help with Māori names. The first points of contact are the Kaiārahi Māori for your college or Service Unit, the Learning and Development half-day courses Te Reo Māori for the Workplace, and the sound files of names at UC, which can be found here: Māori names at UC. These files enable you to practise on your own.
Improving your pronunciation of a new language after puberty is a challenge. Most adults retain an accent from their first language, but with effort and practice and frequent attempts to improve, accents can be minimised. One of my Māori language students in the 1980s said something that has always stuck with me. His words were something like this: “Learning a language well requires you to lower your cultural ego barriers.” Thank you Thana na Nagara for these wise words.
This year, UC will celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week over two weeks, from 4 to 15 Hōngongoi – July. The theme is ‘Ākina te Reo’ – behind you all the way, which is about using te reo Māori to support people, to inspire and to cheer on.
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 two weeks. View the full Te Wiki programme here.
How to get involved
- Pick up a Free UC Te Reo resource pack. These are available for all staff and students to collect from Monday 4 July. Visit the Māori Development Team Reception, Level Two, Te Ao Mārama building, Arts Road.
- Find out what’s happening on campus and attend Te Wiki o te Reo Māori events.
- Check out the new online LEARN page that provides te reo resources and support.
- Listen to the new sound files on the Ngā Ingoa Māori i Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha webpage. Here you can learn key role and unit names at UC, and how to pronounce them in te reo Māori.
- Keep an eye on UC’s Facebook and Twitter for words and phrases.
- Download Te Wiki resources.
Beyond Te Wiki there are many opportunities to further your Māori AVCM5639_Te_Wiki_PROlanguage and culture knowledge at UC, including Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora and Te Reo Māori for the Workplace.
Start this week and use the words you learn in everyday conversation on an ongoing basis.
Kia kaha e hoa mā!