Help to have a go at speak­ing Ma¯ori

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS - By MERANIA KARAURIA

Kia Kaha te reo Ma¯ ori — let’s make the Ma¯ ori lan­guage strong is the theme for Te Wiki o te Reo Ma¯ ori.

The Manawatu¯ Guardian is do­ing our bit to high­light Ma¯ ori names around Pa­paoiea that are of­ten mis­pro­nounced.

The vow­els, aeiou, when pro­nounced cor­rectly, will al­ways help in pro­nun­ci­a­tion. The sounds are: a — ah; e — pen; i- sea; o-court; u — who.

Ahakoa iti, a¯ kona, ko¯ rerotia — learn a lit­tle, use a lit­tle.

Here are a few words to prac­tise: Aokautere, Whar­iti, Ran­gita¯ ne

Watch the video on pro­nun­ci­a­tion at nzher­ — Lo­cal Fo­cus, made with fund­ing by NZ on Air.

■ From Te Ma¯ ngai Paho:

The Ma¯ ori me­dia fund­ing agency Te Ma¯ ngai Pa¯ ho (TMP) is pro­mot­ing te reo Ma¯ ori with the hash­tag #1miri­ona on so­cial me­dia.

The Pepeha Chal­lenge is where peo­ple will be asked to share their pepeha (tribal say­ing), and a pepeha app to help be­gin­ning learn­ers of te reo con­struct their pepeha.

This is the sec­ond part of the Te

Ma¯ ngai Paho Video Chal­lenge to pro­mote te reo Ma¯ ori.

There are a se­ries of eight videos that ex­plain pepeha and show a range of peo­ple learn­ing or recit­ing their re­spec­tive pepeha. They then chal­lenge a va­ri­ety of other peo­ple to share their pepeha.

The se­ries of videos aims to en­cour­age Ma¯ ori and non-Ma¯ ori to par­tic­i­pate in the pepeha chal­lenge. (see the in­tro­duc­tory Pepeha Chal­lenge video at sXRjYX4V89Q.

To sup­port this ini­tia­tive, TMP com­mis­sioned Kiwa Dig­i­tal to build the Pepeha app which was launched on Mon­day.

The sim­ple app is a tool to help te reo Ma¯ ori learn­ers con­struct a pepeha, as­sist with pro­nun­ci­a­tion and help them pub­lish when they are con­fi­dent to share.

TMP chief ex­ec­u­tive Larry Parr said the num­ber of peo­ple be­ing ex­posed to in­for­ma­tion dis­sem­i­nated by so­cial me­dia chan­nels was too big to ig­nore.

“We are pleased and ex­cited by the ini­tial re­sponse to the Te Ma¯ ngai Pa¯ ho Video chal­lenge.

“#1miri­ona pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity to build an on­line au­di­ence that we, to­gether with our part­ners, can take on a te reo Ma¯ ori learn­ing jour­ney.

“It is con­sis­tent with our strat­egy to shift peo­ple from zero to pas­sive to ac­tive speak­ers of te reo Ma¯ ori and aligns with the Govern­ment goal of hav­ing one mil­lion Kiwis speak­ing some Ma¯ ori by 2040.”

The #1miri­ona cam­paign com­ple­ments other Ma¯ ori lan­guage pro­mo­tions dur­ing the month, par­tic­u­larly Mahuru Ma¯ ori, Ma¯ ori Lan­guage Day and Te Wiki o te reo Ma¯ ori.

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