Introduction to Te Whare o te Reo Mauriora

Te Whare o te Reo Mauriora, the House of Living Language, is a way of thinking about active partnership between Māori and the Crown for revitalisation of te reo Māori.

The Poutokomanawa, at the heart of the house, supports the ridge pole. It represents Te Reo Māori itself and it supports the Tāhuhu which is the point at which representatives of Māori and Minister come together.

The left side of the whare as you face it (Te Taraiti) represents Māori and iwi. The right side, Te Taranui, represents the Crown.

The Tekoteko, the figure on the gable, is Te Ture mō te Reo Māori 2016 the Māori Language Act, the kōruru, the carved face on the gable, is the Māori and Crown joint vision and the paepae, the threshold, is all the peoples of Aotearoa.

The two Maihi (bargeboards) represent the Crown Māori Language Strategy (Maihi Karauna) to issued by the Minister for Māori Development and the Māori Language Strategy (Maihi M\aori) issued by Te Mātāwai.

The two Amo, or bargeboard supports, are the focus areas of the partnership model. Māori are focussed on communities and homes. The Crown is focussed on the national level, and reaching wider New Zealand.

Inside the house the Heke Taraiti and Taranui on each side of the house symbolise Te Mātāwai representing Iwi and Māori and Ministers representing the Crown.

The carved posts represent on either side the groups from which Te Mātāwai is drawn and government agencies with particular responsibilities for te Reo Māori.

The Tukutuku between the poupou represent the formal workplans and intentions of Te Mātāwai and government agencies.

The floor of the house, Te Papa Kōrero is where the Chief Executives of Te Mātāwai and government agencies meet to collaborate and work for the success of revitalisation.

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