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Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

Today marks the start of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori | Māori Language Week (14-19 Rima | September)! Get involved in the abundance of great activities on offer at UC to celebrate over the week.

Activities begin at 12pm today with the Whakatuwhera | Opening of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori in Te Puna Mātauraka | Central Library, Puaka-James Hight.

There is also a chance to join the Te Reo Māori Moment at 12pm on Monday 14 September, and have a conversation in Te Reo! Find out more here>

Have a look at everything going on at UC over the week, click here>

Keen to make your kawhe (coffee) order in te reo? Here’s a guideline to get you started:

Be part of the Māori Language Moment

People across Aotearoa will come together at 12pm on Monday 14 September to speak, sing or play te reo Māori. Join this historic moment and celebrate te reo at UC!

You can get involved in any way you like – this could be saying “kia ora” to a colleague or student, starting a lecture with a karakia, or teaching yourself a new saying. Use the resources provided by UC Māori to help you get started (available here). 

Māori Language Moment marks the start of Te Wiki o te reo Māori, and there are lots of events and activities coming up on campus. Have a look at the timetable for activities around UC here.

Two new UC Māori language resources for kaimahi

To celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori this year, in addition to attending one of our Māori Language Week events or activities , Te Waka Pākākano are launching two new rauemi reo (Māori language resources) designed to support you with using and valuing te reo in your everyday mahi.

The UC Te Reo Māori Style Guide, available as both a downloadable and printable PDF and an easy to use webpage, is now available on the UC Style Guide website. The Reo Māori Style has been developed by the UC Ohu Reo and is a helpful handbook for UC staff on how to ensure the use of te reo Māori across all our UC publications, social media and marketing is accurate and consistent.  Look out for the tohu (icon) that symbolises te reo Māori which has a waha (mouth) and ārero (tongue).

The second rauemi reo, available on Te Waka Pākākano | Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori AKO | LEARN site, is a Karakia booklet.  The Karakia booklet includes a selection of karakia for kaimahi (staff) of UC to support them with beginning and closing hui, and to indicate appreciation for kai (food).  Useful sound files to help you with pronunciation are also included and you can also print or save a copy as a downloadable PDF.

Nā reira, e ngā manu kōrihi, e ngā manu korokī o tō tātou whare wānanga nei!
Kia hāro tō tātou reo Māori anō nei he kāhu ki runga i ngā mānia o Waitaha!
Tēnā, tukua kia rere ki te ao!

Māpura Māori – Puaka, Matariki e!

Tīpuna Māori, Māori ancestors, read the rising of whetū (stars) in alignment with lunar phases of the moon, the māramataka, in order to better understand the nature of coming seasons.

Of important significance to Ngāi Tahu, Puaka – also known as Rigel – is a blue-white star seen above the constellation of Tautoru, or Orion’s Belt.  Marking the end of the tītī (mutton bird) and tuna (eel) season, these taonga species are still gathered today as part of mahinga kai or traditional Ngāi Tahu food gathering practices.

While many iwi acknowledge different narratives about whetū in different ways, the rising of Te Iwa o Matariki, a cluster of nine stars during mid-winter, signals the start of a new year.  Traditionally during this time of year, crops were harvested, and seafood and birds which had been collected, were stored away.

The rising of Matariki marks an ecological shift in season.  It is a time to reflect and remember those of our loved ones who passed on in the previous twelve months, and signals a time for us to plan and set intentions for the twelve months ahead.

Here on campus, Puaka is the name given to our UC Library building – Puaka-James Hight, and Matariki is the name of our central Registry building.  Alongside other UC buildings which carry the names and narratives of navigation and exploration, the characteristics of whetū and celestial bodies have been overlaid across our campus in order to provide a map for our ākonga (students) and kaimahi (staff) as they journey through campus, their studies and experiences here with us at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha.

Ka rewa a Matariki ki runga, ka piri te aitanga a Tiki
When Matariki rises above, humanity gathers.

Click below to listen and practice your pronunciation of the word Matariki.

Click below to listen and practice your pronunciation of the word Puaka.