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Whakanuia te wiki o te reo Māori – Celebrate Māori Language Week

Te wiki o te reo Māori

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. Greetings to you all.

Te wiki o te reo Māori takes place this year between 11 and 17 September. Kia ora te reo Māori is the theme for this year’s Māori Language Week. The theme was chosen to celebrate New Zealand’s indigenous greeting, and also as the words ‘Kia Ora’ are an exact description of the intent of the new partnerships for te reo Māori revitalisation between the Crown and Māori under the new Māori Language Act 2016.

In support of Te wiki o te reo Māori the Ministry of Education has sent a one off distribution of resources into schools. These resources have been developed by Te Taura Whiri, the Māori Language Commission and are available for digital download only on their site.

Te wiki o te reo Māori provides an opportunity to celebrate and learn te reo Māori, helping to secure its future as a living, dynamic, and rich language. 

This resource page offers ideas, links, and stories to help schools engage with their parents, families, and whānau to support the learning of te reo Māori in both the school and home environment.

Resources you can share with parents and whānau

Learning te reo Māori resources
This page, developed by the Māori Language Commission, has a list of activities to help people learn te reo Māori. Why not promote these suggestions to your students and their whānau at your next assembly, in your school newsletter, or on your school website?

Hei waiata, hei whakakoakoa 
This collection of waiata and haka includes a songbook with lyrics, song sheets, curriculum achievement objectives, and suggestions for activities. You could share this resource with parents and whānau and encourage them to learn songs that can be sung together at home and at school.

2014 Te Kupu o te Wiki / Te Kupu o te Rā
A 50 week programme, teaching you 50 Māori words over 50 weeks. This resource, complete with sound clips, can be shared with parents and whānau at home.

Maori myths, legends, and contemporary stories
This is a collection of well known stories based on Māori oral traditions, stories which have been handed down through the generations. Promote storytelling in your school community by sharing this resource with students, parents, families, and whānau.

What is your school doing?
In this clip we hear teachers discuss some of the exciting things that are happening in their schools, in terms of Māori language teaching and learning. This clip could be shared with your parent community and used as a springboard to collectively evaluate and enhance your te reo Māori programme.

Brooklyn School story

Parents and whānau
Learn how parents, whānau, early childhood teachers, and teachers of Brooklyn School work together to promote the learning of te reo Māori. Collectively they create a seamless transition in Māori language learning from early childhood to year 1.

"I think that parent support is absolutely vital, knowing that the children are going to be supported when they go home and, you know, using the phrases that the parents can support them also."

Catherine Allen – Brooklyn School

Teaching and learning resources

Curriculum Guidelines for Teaching and Learning Te Reo Māori in English-medium Schools: Years 1–13
These guidelines are intended to help every English-medium school in New Zealand to design and shape a curriculum that includes te reo Māori, alongside other learning areas, and to acknowledge its value. The document describes the knowledge and understandings that students need to acquire and the levels of proficiency that they are expected to achieve as they progress through the eight levels of the curriculum.

Te reo Māori in English-medium schools
This website provides information and resources relevant to the teaching and learning of te reo Māori in English-medium schools. It offers lesson plans and a storehouse of teacher resources.

Ka mau te wehi!
This resource for year 7 and 8 teachers and students supports Māori language in schools. Ka Mau te Wehi! is an expression meaning awesome! or fantastic! It is used in this context to acknowledge and celebrate all achievements, large or small, that are made by the teacher and learner as they learn te reo Māori together.

He reo tupu he reo ora
This is an online multimedia resource for teaching and learning te reo Māori. The primary audience is students in years 1–6 learning at levels 1–2 of Te Aro Arataki Marau (the curriculum guidelines for te reo Māori). It contains eight units of work with reomations (animations in te reo Māori) and videos on how the resource can be used.

Stories and inspiration

That which was lost is lost no more
This Education Gazette article shares good practice from Thames South Primary School and Te Kōpae Piripono Māori-medium immersive early childhood centre, two learning centres that are doing great work in continuing the drive to revitalise te reo Māori.

Pronunciation focus for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori
This Education Gazette article describes how schools worked together to integrate correct pronunciation of te reo Māori for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2013.

Māori technology glossary
Trident High School (Whakatane) has been working with Te taura whiri i te reo Māori – The Māori Language Commission - to translate common technology terms into te reo Māori.

EDtalk – Te reo Māori in English-medium schools
Tamara Bell challenges teachers in English-medium schools to increase achievement for Māori students by teaching te reo Māori. She also emphasises the importance of valuing students' cultural identities and establishing close connections with students and their whānau.

EDtalk – Technology and the use of te reo Māori
Dr Te Taka Keegan talks about ways to ensure that Māori language is normalised. He promotes the use of te reo Māori through social media, online networks, and other appropriate technology.

Teaching te reo Maori
This blog post highlights resources, tools, and school stories to help you carry the momentum of language learning during Te Wiki o te reo Māori into the rest of the school year. 

Have you seen?

Inclusive Education Guides for Schools – Supporting Māori students
This guide focuses on inclusive teaching and learning strategies that can be used in the classroom to create a more effective learning environment for all Māori students.

Updated on: 27 May 2016


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