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Kōrero mai, kōrero atu ki te Whare Pukapuka ki Ara

To acknowledge the Māori Language Moment on September 14th at 12 noon the Ara Academic Support team (Library, Disability and Learning Services) will all be using Te Reo Māori to greet students and staff. This will also signify the launch of the Ara Libraries as Māori Talk Zones.

Due to New Zealand being at COVID-19 Alert Level 2, many of the traditional celebrations for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori have been cancelled for 2020. Today at noon, our nation is coming together for a Māori Language Moment. This is to honour the presentation of a petition to parliament on this day, 30 years ago, asking for Te Reo Māori to be taught in Aotearoa New Zealand schools.

There are many ways for you to participate in the Māori Language Moment. Click on this link to find out how https://www.tewikiotereoMāori.co.nz/ and also remember to register online, so that we can reach our national goal of one million people engaging with Te Reo Māori during our Māori Language Moment.

When:             from Monday 14th September

Time:              12.00pm (midday)

Location:        Madras Library

Cost:               Free

On Monday 14th September

Greetings:           Ata marie – Good morning

Ahiahi marie – Good afternoon

Pō mārie – Good evening

Phrase:                 He āwhina māu Can I help?

Phrase:                 Ka pai! Well done

On Monday 21st September

Phrase:                 Kei te pai? Are you ok?

Phrase:                 Tino pai That’s great

There will be resources in the library to support staff and students, also on My Ara there is a link to the pronunciation of our 2019 Kupu Kards.

Our Ara Academic Support team are planning to have their Māori Language Moment last a whole year, and to add new greetings and phrases each year.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

Kia-Kaha-POSTER-SET-on-black-1This year Te Wiki o te Reo Māori | Māori Language Week is being held from Monday 10 September – Sunday 16 September 2018. This guest blog is by Dora Roimata Langsbury, Kaitoko Ako Māori (Learning Advisor Māori).

Kia Kaha te Reo Māori. There are so many different ways that we can each go hard with our Te Reo Māori.

Learning te Reo Māori has been a very long and very slow journey for me, but during that time my passion for our language has never diminished.

I remember how proud I felt when Naida Glavish won the right to say “kia ora” in 1984. It was then that I realised how powerful it was to use, even simple Māori phrases and kupu, to progress our national journey towards the normalisation of the use of kupu Māori in our everyday kōrero.

When I returned to live to Aotearoa New Zealand in 2002 I made a personal commitment to myself that I would use Te Reo Māori phrases and kupu as much as I was able, in my everyday kōrero.

Since I have started working at Ara Institute I have become a regular use of the bus service. I am very proud of the fact that Ngai Tahu and Waikato iwi have invested in Go Bus. They stated at the time that Go Bus was one of the largest employers of Maori in New Zealand and that this was one of their reasons for making this investment.

For this reason, when I get on the bus each morning I greet my driver with “Morena”, and when I alight the bus I say “Kia ora”. Recently, one of my bus driver’s was ecstatic when she heard my use of Te Reo. She stopped me, as I alighted, and thanked me profusely for using her language correctly.

One of my work colleagues has also started to embrace “Kia ora” as his regular greeting with me. He asked how he could pronounce it correctly, and now joyfully greets me with “Kia ora” each day.

So I would say to you, Kia kaha with your use of te Reo Māori. Just as Naida Glavish demonstrated to our nation in 1984, even the everyday use of greetings such as “kia ora” can really help to normalise the use of kupu Māori in everyday conversations in Aotearoa New Zealand. Although I have a limited vocabulary of kupu Māori, I try to use kupu every day, and to pronounce them correctly.

My one request to our nation is show respect to te Reo Māori by pronouncing it correctly. Te Reo Māori is a very simple language to pronounce. There are many web sites, phone apps, TV programmes and courses available to teach you te Reo Māori and how to pronounce it correctly. Te Hoe is a 10 hour introductory short course we offer here at Ara Institute that could start you on your te Reo Māori journey. Kia kaha te Reo Māori.


Kia ora te reo Māori

The theme Kia ora te reo Māori was chosen for Te wiki o te reo Māori 2017 to celebrate New Zealand’s indigenous greeting.

I am Dora Roimata Langsbury and I am the Learning Advisor – Māori here at Ara. You will find me in the Library at our Madras Street City Campus.

I am of Ngai Tahu, Ngati Mamoe and Waitaha descent. I was born and raised at Otakou Marae on the Otago Peninsula, near to the Albatross Colony. My family all live in Otepoti (Dunedin).

As Māori, when we greet people for the first time, we always like to share with people, where we come from, and which families we are related to. We also like to find out from you, where you are from and who your family is.  When we greet you and share these details with each other, we call this a mihi. This helps us, as Māori, to establish an actual connection with each other.

When you come to work with the Learning Advisors at Ara, we will always want to know your name, your student ID# and your course code. However, as the Māori Learning Advisor I also like to know who your family is and where you and your family come from, originally. I have had the opportunity to live and work all over the world, so I enjoy meeting students and finding out which cities or countries they have come from originally.

Two of the posters that have been developed for Te wiki o te reo Māori this year will help you to greet us in Maori and also help you to tell us where you are from. (See Below) Te Puna Wanaka will be offering a pronunciation workshop on Friday 15th September from 12pm-1pm at Te Puna Wanaka. Practise some common greetings  from Te Taurawhiri website.

Why not come to as many of our Ara Institute Te Wiki o te Reo Māori activities as you can. They are great fun and they will help you to build your confidence to use Māori greetings, everyday.

The Library has two fun events for you to join in during Te wiki o te reo Māori language week.


Ngā whakaahua ō te wiki o te reo Māori

Celebrating Māori language week with photobooth fun. Bring your friends, have some fun with our props and have your photo taken.


Wednesday September 13th 11.30am – 1.30pm, at the City Campus Library

Macron Workshop – The difference a macron makes
Ko te reo kia tika, kia rere, kia Māori

Join us to learn about macrons, plus how to macronise your computer, whilst creating and consuming a yummy macronised biscuit.

E.g. He keke rā whānau          A birthday cake

       He kēkē rā whanau          A birthday armpit

Friday September 15th 12-1pm, at the Timaru Campus Library



Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2016


Ka hihiri, ka wawana, ka ngahau hoki te wiki o te reo Māori 2016! Ka kite mai te motu o Aotearoa i te reo Māori kei ngā whare hākinakina, kei ngā papa tākaro, kei ngā pūrongo, kei te ipurangi hoki. Otirā ka rongo te motu ko te reo Māori tēnei mō ngā tāngata katoa o Aotearoa.

Hei te 4 – 10 o Hōngongoi tēnei hōtaka.

Ko te kaupapa i tēnei tau ko ākina te reo – behind you all the way ko te tautoko i te tangata mā te reo Māori, hei whakahihiko, hei hikihiki i ngā tāngata katoa – mā te reo Māori.

Whai ake i ngā mahi o tērā tau, Te Taura Whiri I te reo Māori 50 ngā rerenga kōrero Māori ngāwari, hei kōrero mā te hunga iti noa nei te reo.

E mau ai te mana o ngā rerenga kōrero ki tua atu i te wiki noa o te reo Māori, ka whakatairangatia anō ki ngā kaupapa hākinakina, tīmata ana i te whakataetae Ōrimipia me ētahi atu kaupapa hākinakina rongonui puta noa i te tau, ērā e hihiko ai te ngākau tangata ki te tautoko i ō tātou toa tākaro rongonui.

Hei ia tau ko Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori e ārahina ana e Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, hei whakatairanga i te reo ki Aotearoa. Mā te whakatairanga i te reo taketake o Aotearoa, ka mārama te motu katoa ki tōna reo, ki te kōrero hoki i ngā rerenga ngāwari ia rā, ia wiki, ia marama hoki o te tau.

Ngā rauemi mō Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

Māori Language Week 2016

Māori Language Week 2016 is going to be positive, relevant, energetic, fun and exciting! It will show New Zealand that there is a place for the Māori language in our stadiums, on our sports fields, in the news and the ever growing realm of social media. It will also show the country that te reo Māori is a language for all New Zealanders.

The campaign will run from July 4 – 10.

The theme for this year is ākina te reo – behind you all the way which is about using te reo Māori to support people, to inspire and to cheer on.

Continuing with last year’s approach, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori will develop 50 phrases in te reo Māori that are simple to use, even for those with little or no grasp of the language.

To ensure the phrases carry momentum, over and beyond the campaign week, they will hang them off sports events, starting with the Olympics and other popular sports codes and events that occur throughout the year, and that move our communities and the nation to rally behind our athletes.

Māori Language Week resources

To Emma Royal we say, tēnā rawa atu koe, (thanks heaps), for being our guest blogger and fabulous supporter of our activities in the Library during Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.



Maori Language Week

Greetings to all Staff and Students of CPIT.

This week is Māori Language Week, it’s about learning and speaking the native language of New Zealand no matter how little or big.  The core subject is ‘The Language of Food’.

Everyday an ‘Elink’ is sent to ALL staff and a newsletter has been posted to ‘moodle’ for students on campus with day of the week, greetings, proverbs and the days event.

The Library has great resources for beginners to advance speakers.  Throughout the year we have full & part-time courses available also.
Contact Te Puna Wānaka

Ph:  039408631