Tu Tan­gata

Tau­tokon­gia te reo Maori

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As Maori Lan­guage Week be­gins, one of the na­tion’s old­est rep­re­sen­ta­tives’ groups, Te Kau­ni­hera Ma ori o Aotearoa, the New Zealand Ma¯ ori Coun­cil, has called on more Ki­wis to know a lit­tle more Te Reo and to not be afraid to use a few kupu (words) ev­ery day.

Na­tional ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber Tane Cook, who chairs the Coun­cil’s Te Reo, Cul­ture and Com­mu­nity Com­mit­tee, says that while more Ki­wis are em­brac­ing Te Reo, others can make a dif­fer­ence with a few words to start off with.

“Te Reo Ma ori is not just one of our na­tional lan­guages, it’s part of our cul­ture, the fab­ric of our his­tory and a defin­ing as­pect that sets all of us apart from other coun­tries,” says Tane. “My mes­sage this Ma¯ori Lan­guage Week is for those who are wor­ried they won’t pro­nounce the words prop­erly to still have a go us­ing things such as “kia ora” or “mo¯ rena”.

“Then there are words such as “wha¯ nau” for fam­ily and “mahi” for work. So, for our non-Ma¯ ori broth­ers, sis­ters and cousins ease into it, such as your staff ar­riv­ing for work — “Mo¯rena and wel­come to mahi!”,” says Tane.

“For our Wha¯nau Ma¯ori out there, who are a lit­tle wor­ried or con­cerned that they might not make a good job of it, kia kaha, never be afraid to also give it a go.

“We have so many marae and hapu¯ around the coun­try do­ing amaz­ing things when it comes to our reo, such as cour­ses and lan­guage nights, that its easy to get in­volved. Like all things with our peo­ple and our cul­ture it would be great to see all Ma¯ori learn­ing not only te reo but also tikanga (pro­to­cols), pepeha (where they are from) and whaka­papa, so when it comes to the next gen­er­a­tion more of us can pass that knowl­edge on.”

Tane says you don’t have to talk — you can also sing.

“Take the op­por­tu­nity to re­dis­cover some clas­sics from Tui Teka and Howard Mor­ri­son or some tra­di­tional wa­iata,” he says.

“Let all of our voices be heard this Ma¯ ori lan­guage week,”

The New Zealand Ma¯ori Coun­cil is hold­ing or sup­port­ing events around Aotearoa.

“Kia mai, kia u¯ ki to¯ ta¯ tou Reo Ma¯ori hai ta¯onga tukuiho mo ngae whakatipu­ranga hou.”

“Re­main stead­fast to the use of the Ma¯ ori lan­guage so that it may be passed to the next gen­er­a­tion.”

Photo / Dun­can Brown

Man Up, Legacy, and Tu¯ Tan­gata mo­tor­cy­cle rid­ers from Des­tiny Church host­ing the New Ap­proach Hui at Napier last month.

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