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Tukuna mai nga korero mou

Panuitia nga korero pono a etahi atu mo te ako ki te korero me te kawe i te reo Maori - tukuna ranei o ake korero pono me o ake whakaaro.

Te Ropu Reo MaoriMaori Language Club
Panui #4 – Hongongoi 2006

Tena koe!

Nga mihi maioha i runga i nga ahuatanga o te wa ki a tatou katoa


“Ka rere a Matariki, ka wera te hinu” When the Pleiades rise the fat is heated - Here the heating of the fat refers to the preserving of birds in their own fat, a much flavoured delicacy.

Matariki was celebrated on 27 June (the rising of the new moon following the star constellation appearance in our night skies). This year Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori supported a Matariki event in Auckland . At this event Hinewehi Mohi was named as Te Whetu o Te Tau that was award that was created in 2005 to honour individuals who exemplify the spirit of Matariki.

Te Taura Whiri also commissioned Hinewehi Mohi to produce a Matariki waiata and with the support of NZ on Air, Te Mangai Paho and Maori Television a music video was also created. Watch the music video and or listen to the waiata on
To find out more about Matariki visit

Te Wiki o te Reo Maori - Maori Language Week 24-30 July 2006 

‘Korero Maori – Give it a Go!‘
Sport is the focus for Maori Language Week activity this year. The aim is to make Maori language user-friendly and accessible in an everyday context and associate reo Maori with fun active pursuits.

Te Taura Whiri, Te Puni Kokiri and the Human Rights Commission are working together again this year to coordinate activities. The familiar tagline ‘Korero Maori – Give it a Go!’, that has been associated with the week for the past two years will be used again in 2006.

Te Taura Whiri Chief Executive Haami Piripi says focussing on sport in this year’s campaign is important. “This country is a sporting nation and like sport, Maori language is part of our unique identity.”

“The sports focus enables Maori language to be used while people are enjoying themselves and pushing themselves physically and speaking Maori while doing this adds another dimension,” he said.

Maori Language Week will be held from 24-30 July 2006. This year’s goal is to make celebrations the most successful yet.

The Maori Language Week Awards will be held in Wellington on 14 September 2006. These awards have been created to recognise efforts that organisations make in developing activities to celebrate the week.

In 2006, a range of new resources will be produced these include a sports phrase booklet, poster, bookmarks and stickers.

As a part of Te Taura Whiri’s Maori Language Week celebration we will be sending Maori Language Club members a complimentary Maori Language Week pack.

Find out more

New Phrase Booklet 

As part of our Maori Language Week promotions for 2006 we have created a Hakinakina - Sport themed phrase booklet. It will include phrases such as ‘Kia kaha nga Hauawhiowhio! – Go the Hurricanes!’ and ‘Ko Hone te kapene o te tima – John is the team captain’ as well as other useful phrases for a vast number of different sports including rugby, netball, golf and just simply keeping fit.

Whether you are a player, spectator or referee there’s something for everyone. So get yourself a copy and ‘Korero Maori – Give it a Go!’

For more information visit


Makorea is a new radio serial developed by Te Taura Whiri in association with Te Reo Irirangi o Te Upoko o Te Ika.

The serial has nine episodes and is based on the first Maori language novel, which was written by Katerina Te Heikoko Mataira. It recounts the story of two wahine survivors from Kaikoura Pa, whom after their Pa was attacked by Te Rauparaha and his war party, leave in search of new surroundings and safety. Makorea tells the story of their journey. The serial will be launched, by the Hon Parekura Horomia at the National Secondary Schools Kapa Haka Festival at Mystery Creek, Hamilton on 20 July.

In addition the Ministry of Education will also be launching a Makorea educational resource pack that has an audio CD of the novel read by Sean Ellison of Ngai Tahu. They will include the radio serial CD as part of a special resource package designed for distribution to Wharekura and schools with Wharekura level students.

Makorea is available for your listening pleasure at  


Te Taura Whiri has sponsored a new series of Kupuhuna, which is currently being screened on Whakaata Maori from Monday to Friday at 7pm. Kupuhuna is a reo Maori quiz show that pits your reo Maori skills against other contestants to win cash prizes.

If you are interested in any further information about the show, call Kura Productions on 0800 578462 or email

We are also interested in your feedback about Kupuhuna. Please send your feedback to and include ‘Kupuhuna’ in the subject line.

Korero Maori Website 

Our interactive website, is continuing to attract more and more visitors.

The “For Learners” section continues to be the most popular. Statistics indicate repeat visitors keep coming back for the more advanced lessons.  People enjoy the interactive quizzes with the “guess the word” quiz the most popular, followed by “fill in the phrase” and the “test your listening skills” quizzes. 

If you work in the public sector we now have a website address that should enable you to visit our site when you’re at work. Visit

Online Forums 

Club members will be the first receive an email and information about our online discussion forums that we are planning to launch on Maori Language Day 14 September 2006. The forums will mean members can post korero, ask questions and respond to other learners and speakers of Maori. You will also be able to decide which level of korero best suits your abilities and join in the discussions.

Language Learning on Maori Television 

Korero Mai, Maori Television’s reo Maori learning programme, is giving all New Zealanders the opportunity to ‘Korero Maori – Give it a Go!’

The award-winning series has returned to the small screen for a fourth season in a new time slot – Monday to Saturday at 7pm with repeats at 10.30pm.

Produced by Kura Film Productions, Korero Mai won the award for Best Maori Programme at the Qantas Television Awards in 2005.

The Korero Maori web team is working on options to upload episodes for site visitors and we’ll let you know about this in future issues.  

Reo Maori Resources 

If after visiting our Korero Maori website you would like to know where to get more reo Maori resources, have a look at the following list.
Cultureflow provide reo Maori self directed learning packages.
This site provides video files so you can hear and see words being pronounced in reo Maori.
Huia Publishers produce a range of reo Maori publications.
You can search here for Maori names of stars and constellations.
This includes reo Maori games, crosswords, language and cultural information.
Access Maori newspapers from last century and early this century. 
This site gives a list of 100 commonly used Maori words that you can listen to for pronunciation practice.

Reed Publishers
online catalogue. Two new books of note are:

Reo Maori o naianei – Pukapuka 2 – Book 2 by P.M. Ryan
Includes an audio CD to help improve pronunciations for listeners and speakers.

Maori Language Understanding the Grammar –
Te Reo Maori He Whakamarama Wetenga Reo by Derek Karena-Holmes

Ideal for intermediate or advanced reo Maori students as a quick grammar reference.
A website that lists a variety of Maori resources collated by Massey University Maori studies department.
Macron Software and other software programmes.
You can download PDF copies of all the publications in this library that includes many useful Reo Maori resources.

The following websites outline resources available if you are a teacher or from an educational organisation.