Whakanuia, Whakatairanga | Celebrate and Promote

There are many ways to celebrate, promote and learn te reo Māori, following are some suggestions

Did you know that by using the correct pronunciation of a Māori word, using a Māori greeting, or learning the basics or more, you are becoming part of the movement to revitalise the Māori Language?

There are many ways that you can celebrate pride in New Zealand's unique national language not only during Māori language week but all year round.

Celebrate and Promote

  • Pronounce Māori words, and Māori place names properly - on public transport, out in public, with family and friends
  • Use Kia Ora as the New Zealand way of greeting people - you could also use Tēnā koe (when greeting 1 person), tēnā kōrua (2 people), Tēnā koutou (more than 2 people)
  • Put up a welcome sign in your workplace: like Kia Ora and/or Nau Mai, Haere Mai (Welcome) 
  • Adopt a Māori name for your business and add it to the welcome sign 
  • Use Māori place names and/or Māori names of organisations
  • Take the words of the Māori version of the national anthem to international sports fixtures, and support our team by singing it loud and proud
  • Display te reo posters in shops and businesses

I'd like to give it a go (Absolute beginners)

Great you want to learn some words and phrases. Learning pronunciation, a few words of greeting and a couple of choice phrases is a great way to wet the appetite.

Learn a little, use a little

  • Learn a greeting and greet your family and friends in te reo Māori
  • Learn how to pronounce Māori words properly by learning the vowel sounds 'a-e-i-o-u' first. Once you have mastered these sounds all Māori words will be easy to pronounce, Māori words sound how they look. For help with pronunciation go to our pronunciation guide or look for guides on the web visit Pronunciation guide
  • Check out the Māori language resources on our website for all levels 
  • Learn simple songs in Māori from your friends, family, tapes or Māori radio. Have a look on YouTube, type Māori music, waiata or songs into search, or try NZ Folksong * Māori Songs
  • Watch Māori Television to hear the language being spoken or sung.  
  • Have a look at  100 words all NZer's should know 
  • Read books, check out your local library, or Digital NZ at the National Library and online. Read te reo Māori stories as a family or with friends. See the DigitalNZ Te Wiki o te Reo Māori story
  • Enrol in a Māori language class. For a list of Māori language providers visit te reo Māori classes
  • Check out the many webpages, sites and Apps online to get ahead with your learning - just type te reo resources into your Browser
  • Ask a friend or relative who can speak Māori to teach you some simple phrases

I know the basics, where to now? (Learner)

Awesome you know some basics, some words and phrases and you're pronunciation is getting better everyday. Time to take it further? Check out our suggestions below

Kia Kaha te reo Māori 
  • Learn some simple sentence structures.  To be able to converse you need to know a bit more than a few words and phrases. Learning words, simple sentence structures and phrases will enable you to start communicating in te reo Māori with others. Learning sentence structures will get you on your way
  • Socialising is a great way to learn, get together for a trip on the bus, go for a coffee, or to a park to communicate with your friends and family or spend some time on the phone or Skype speaking te reo. Find others that are learning te reo Māori and have a conversation, go out for a coffee.  Look to expand your conversation by talking about things you have seen or spoken about
  • Sign up with the Kupu o te rā site with new kupu coming to you everyday
  • Look at the list of 165 words on NZ History
  • The Ministry of Education has High Frequency wordlists
  • Try one of Māori TV's Language Learning shows Tōku Reo is a great show for those starting out
  • Listen to Māori Radio, go type Māori music, songs or waiata into Youtube
  • Read books, check out the local library, or DigitalNZ at the National Library and online. Read te reo Māori stories as a family or with friends. See the DigitalNZ Te Wiki o te Reo Māori story
  • Download, post and learn from some great posters – playground words, home words, kitchen and others
  • Learn with your children - take them for a ride on the bus or train and find other words to use.  Māori Dictionary
  • Learn with your child, read to them, sing songs, go to a kapahaka group, spend time at kōhanga with them

I'd like to think and speak in te reo (intermediate)

Yay! Kei te kōrero Māori koe, you're speaking some reo. Ka pai!  You're able to talk about a range of things now with a couple of hiccup's here and there. Have a think about how to expand your reo. Using idiom (i.e. got the boot, over the moon) or kīwaha(ka mau te wehi, me he tē) and expanding on your use of whakataukī (whāia te iti kahurangi ...) could take your reo to another level.  We have a couple to wet your taste buds below and some suggestions on things you may want to try. 

Ko te pae tawhiti whāia kia tata ko te pae tata whakamaua kia tina!
Seek to bring distant horizons closer, and sustain and maintain those that have been arrived at
  • Use te reo Māori as often as possible
  • Learning some phrases is a great way of improving your reo Māori.  Here's some to use while traveling to and from work or school.  Using the phrases and words in your everyday language helps you to remember them, it also normalises te reo for you and others around you
  • Encourage all your whānau and friends to learn Māori
  • Support your friends and family who are learning Māori by talking to them as much as possible in te reo Māori.
  • Have a look for kīwaha and whakataukī online hei whakareka i tō reo
  • Learn a word a day at Kupu o te rā
  • Look at the Ministry of Education's High Frequency wordlists
  • Have a look at He Pātaka Kupu online
  • Try one of Māori TV's Language Learning shows Kōrero Mai is a great show for beginners, intermediate and advanced speakers of te reo or for a challenge try Ako
  • Listen to Māori Radio, or type Māori music, songs or waiata into Youtube.
  • Listen to speeches on Digital NZNgā Taonga Sound and Vision
  • Check out the Kapa Haka on Māori TV - Whakaata Māori
  • Read books, check out local library, or Digital NZ at the National Library and online. Read te reo Māori stories as a family or with friends. See the Digital NZ Te Wiki o te Reo Māori story

He aha te wāhi ki a matatau mā?

Ko tā te tangata matatau he kōrero Māori, kāore pea i tua atu, i tua mai i tērā, heoi anō he mea nui te whakatauira i te āhua o te tangata matatau ki te reo hei whakatenatena anō i te tangata kia whai mai i tāu e whakatauira mai nei.  Whai kia eke tō reo mā te whakarākei tō reo ki te whakataukī, te kīwaha, te kōrero ā-hapū, ā-iwi hoki.

Heoi anō tāu he tautoko he āwhina i te hunga e ako tonu ana, e hiahia ana te ako rānei, e whakapau kaha noa iho ana rānei kia puta ētahi kupu Māori ruarua noa iho i a ia, me tautoko me whakanui. Whakapakari anō hoki i ērā i runga kē i te huarahi kia eke panuku, kia eke tangaroa, hei oranga māna, ka mutu, hei oranga māu, mā tātou anō hoki

Ko te reo Māori kia tika, kia rere, kia Māori