Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2019

Kia ora 😊 This week is Māori language week here in Aotearoa. It is a week dedicated to helping keep the Māori language alive and thriving. I for one feel this is majorly important, as language is the heart of any culture, and Māori culture is part of New Zealand’s identity.

I grew up in Ngāruawāhia, home to Tūrangawaewae Marae – headquarters of the Kīngitanga. Growing up there being immersed in the culture as a pākehā (a minority) is something I feel very proud of and truly blessed by.

It was actually only recently that I completed a beginner’s course in Te Reo Māori. I knew a lot of the basics from my up-bringing but the in-class kōrero (speaking) really helped to make sense of things in my head. The surprising thing is, that in 2012 I attempted to learn a bit of French for an impending trip and I struggled! I kind of figured “language is just not my thing”, but since completing this course, so many more things of what I learnt all that time ago have clicked into place.


Having a second language is truly an amazing thing for our minds, most countries around the world have more than one language and taking a second language is even compulsory.

Māori is an integral part of New Zealand’s culture and the language is a taonga to be cherished. He taonga te reo – Our language is a treasure!

Below are some kupu (words) that you might be able to use while out and about in nature:

  • Rākau – Stick
  • Rau – Leaf
  • Ngahere – Forest
  • Manga – Stream
  • Maunga – Mountain
  • Moana nui – Ocean
  • Ngaru – Wave
  • Kāmaka – Rock
  • Wairere – Waterfall
  • Tāmure – Snapper
  • Manu – Bird


Whakatauki (proverb): Ahakoa he iti te matakahi ka pakaru i a ia te tōtara: A little effort can achieve great things.

Kia Kaha Te Reo Māori! Anita 🥜 ✌️


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