By Rosemary Rangitauira • 31/03/2022   Dr Rāpata Wiri is on a mission to make it easier for people – including teachers – to learn te reo Māori so they can enhance all aspects of their lives. He affiliates to Tūhoe (Ngāti Ruapani, Ngāti Hinekura, Ngāti Manunui, Hāmua) and Te Arawa...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Reo Ora are pleased to announce the launch of our new intermediate and advanced level courses – Te Weu (Level 3) and Te Aka (Level 4) as part of our new Diploma in Te Reo being offered in...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]In recent years I have been involved with the development of Te Reo Māori plans in government departments (i.e. Ministry of Social Development, Ministry of Education), local and regional councils (i.e. Rotorua Lakes Council, Bay of Plenty Regional...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_raw_html]JTVCcG9wdXBwcmVzcyUyMGlkJTNEJTIyMjE1NSUyMiU1RA==[/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text]July 14 and 15 of each year is a special time in Aotearoa/New Zealand, for it signifies the beginning of the Māori new year, known as Matariki. In traditional times, special rituals were conducted by whānau, hapū and...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]There are many barriers, obstacles, or mental blocks that people may experience when endeavouring to learn a new language. In my experience as a Māori language lecturer, I have encountered and understand the many difficulties that learners of...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]If you wonder what Macrons are and why you need to use them in the Māori language, you have come the right place. Here is the explanation by Dr. Rāpata Wiri, who has been teaching the language for...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]September 14, 2020, marks the beginning of “Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week”. Māori language week came about as a result of protests by Māori language activists in the 1970s who marched to the...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Learning a new language in the digital age should be quick and easy. However, it is not always like this. Traditional language learning which usually takes place in the classroom can take years before the learner experiences any...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]In recent years we have seen a huge increase in the number of people in Aotearoa, both Māori and non-Māori (tauiwi) who want to learn the Māori language. Like many indigenous languages around the world, the Māori language...