Does anyone really need reminding that te reo Māori is both a taonga and a national language of Aotearoa? September 10-16 is indeed Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, so if you or your friends and whānau haven’t committed to improving your reo yet, this is a fabulous time to get started!
Māori language courses are in hot demand across the country, and many can be done online. Te Wānanga o Aotearoa offers a number of courses, but if study isn’t the best option for you your local library has great resources for all ages and stages, and you can always check out Māori TV for a wonderful range of comedy, drama, documentaries and kids’ programmes for both beginners, fluent speakers, and everyone in between.
And here’s a gem for web-savvy reo speakers… Te Taura Whiri have put together a phrasebook with some techie phrases in te reo Māori. Bluetooth not working? Need the wi-fi password? Want your girlfriend to delete that screenshot? This is the guide for you!
The only way to improve your skills is through practice, so don’t be shy…
Kaua e Whakamā! Kia Kaha!