What you do to start learning and speaking is up to you but you won’t be alone.
Get started! See how you can incorporate te reo Māori into your everyday life.
It could be as easy as playing a Māori language song, starting your Zoom call with "mōrena", or starting lunch with a karakia!
Check out some ideas below - we'll continue to share ideas and inspirations for you, your whānau, your school and workplace.Join the movement >
People that have joined the movement
Karine just said Kōrero ā waha i a rā ki tōku whaanau ❤️ Ka whakaako au i roto i te karaehe , ngā waiata hou ki ngā tamariki .
Sharon just said Currently using various greetings in my work emails and every day life Enrolling at Te Wananga to do the first step in learning Te Reo in 2021
Acushla just said My dogs understand basic commands such as e noho, haere mai/konei, neke atu, haere ki te wharepaku/moe/ki muri, taihoa, hikoi, kaati, turituri, hariru, taakato as well as sitting down for karakia and waiting until ive said karakia mo te kai and will wait for the command "aianei ake nei ai" (from the movie, boy) :). Im trying to be consistant with greetings on a daily, as well as in and around other whanau members
Irene just said Be more comfortable to korero maori
Jason just said Just starting out the journey to learn Te reo Māori and will soon be joining a course with Te wānanga
Greg just said I want to build maori language into conversations with my children and in the workplace.
Tom just said Learn ten words a week . A challenge from my daughter
Carleine just said I have challenged myself to learn te reo Maori by planning a daily programme, utilising down time e,g walking to work, to practice. Connecting to as many resources available to assist me. I have also included learning te reo as part of my work goals.
Whitiora just said Speak Māori more regularly to my whānau Learn Kupu hou
Edith just said Learn to speak Te reo as much as I can around home with my tamariki and whanau
Eric Test just said I want to speak te reo!
Kay just said As the mother of two adult children both of whom are very proud of being Nga Puhi I would like to be using more te reo.
Ina just said I would love to get my reo more integrated into my english, use more kupu and be more comfortable to grow those into sentences and phrases.
Dr. DAYANA just said Kia ora, i wish and aim to become a qualified teacher in Aotearoa who can converse in Te Reo and English.
Alethea just said Currently learning Te Reo Māori as part of my degree at Te Whare Wananga o Waikato
Alemaine just said join te reo class for myself and my children.meet on sundays with my whole whanau and we all speak reo as much as we can while having Kai and singing waiata etc
Lafaele just said To be able to communicate more in Te Reo, which would help me learn and speak in my own native tongue of Samoan and Tokelauan
Here are some ideas to get you, your workplace, school, group, team or friends and whānau involved in the movement.
Kōrero | Speak
- Make ‘kia ora’ your first choice of greeting to everyone you speak to
- Prepare your whānau, friends or workplace to speak te reo Māori for the hour
- Open your news bulletin with te reo Māori
- Host a ‘Kōrero Kai’ for lunch where you only speak in te reo Māori
- Start lunch off with a karakia for kai
- Order your coffee in te reo Māori
- Set a ‘reo Māori only’ zone within your workplace or home
Waiata | Sing
- Get a group together and sing an easy te reo song, see ’Tūtira Mai’ ‘Te Aroha’ ‘National Anthem’
- Do or teach lunchtime kapa haka
- Learn some waiata hou and sing along to our ‘Te Wiki o te Reo Māori’ playlist
- Learn and sing the Māori alphabet
Tākaro | Play
- Host a te reo Māori quiz and test your organisation’s knowledge. Use our quiz questions to set-up your own - some are easy, some are hard, so grab some friends and a Māori dictionary!
- See Pania Papa’s video on easy Māori games to play with no equipment
- Download some Māori apps and play with your tamariki. See Pāpapa, Pipi Mā Tae, find more apps here.
- Create and host an online Kahoot quiz with your whānau and friends!
Whakarongo | Listen
- Listen to te reo Māori only for the day
- Play our ‘Te Wiki o te Reo Māori’ playlist in your business or workplace for everyone to hear!
- Listen to a podcast and sharpen up your reo, type ‘Taringa’ or ‘Ako’ into your podcast app.
Turn on the radio or go online and tune into your local iwi radio station
- Tune in to Māori Television
- Listen to Hinewehi Mohi sing our national anthem in te reo Māori at the 1999 Rugby World Cup in England.
Pānui | Read
- Spend your lunch hour reading a te reo Māori book, for beginners, try ‘Māori at Home’ ‘Māori 4 Work’ and ‘A Māori Phrase a Day’. For intermediate and higher see Mai i te Kakano, Te Rito and He Iti Kahurangi.
- Read the reo rua articles on Stuff NZ and share them with your organisation
- Use the signage list to put up signs around your workplace or try these labels.
- Hear Professor Rawinia Higgins talk about the thinking behind the Māori Language Act 2016
- For rangatahi or Marvel lovers, read Māori legend comics in te reo or English with Sanctuary: Pūrakau Evolution.
Ako | Learn
- Organise a lunch time te reo Māori lesson
- Attend a lunchtime reo seminar online
- Take some te reo lessons online
- Practice your pronunciation and learn the Māori alphabet
- Learn about Māori place names with Sonny
- Watch a reo Māori learning show
- Join the ‘A Māori Phrase a Day’ learning group on Facebook by Hēmi Kelly
- Set out to learn a word a day for a year – see 365 Māori words