Ara is celebrating te reo Māori throughout the month of September.
Each and every one of us can help revitalize and strengthen our language by using it more and by incorporating te reo Māori into everyday conversations. It is the one month when we get to focus on the beauty and importance of our indigenous language, and when we strengthen our language we strengthen our identity that is unique to Aotearoa. Kia kaha te reo Māori. Let’s make the Māori language strong.
Look for our Kupu Kards around campus with greetings and phrases for use in your everyday interactions. Then by going to the Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori page in the MyAra app, you can scan the QR code on each poster to hear the correct pronunciation and have a go at using them with each other.
A pepeha is a way of introducing yourself that is special to Aotearoa and for Māori it is common practice to tell the story of our connections to significant people and places. Take up the #HonoChallenge! Use the links provided to create your pepeha and when you’re ready learn it, share it and upload it to social media using the tohu marau hashtag #HonoChallenge. Kei reira! Awesome!
There are many ways you can learn te reo Māori here at Ara. For study option check out Our Programmes and for self-paced learning we’ve compiled a whole lot of fabulous resources within our Subject Guides including dictionaries, books, lectures and apps that will help you get on the right path to learning the Māori language. Karawhiua e hoa mā give it heaps!
Join us and register for two special events happening nationally.
Mahuru Māori 1 – 30 September
No matter what our current level of Māori language might be take up this challenge to participate in this year’s Mahuru Māori. For the month of September make an achievable and realistic plan to use more of the Māori language everyday. It’s up to you much and how often, when you register for Mahuru Māori they will keep you updated with learning resources or you can access free downloads.
A Māori Language Moment 14 September
This is our chance to be one in a million. The Māori Language Commission is going virtual this year and encourages us to take part in the Māori Language Moment on 14 September at 12pm. What you do for your Māori Language Moment is up to you.
Events at Ara
A programme of events is developing as we move through alert levels and could be limited to small groups and online
Current learners can log in to MyAra for all details.