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Maori Language Week

Maori Language Week
Victoria Breckon
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Kia Kaha Te Reo Māori - Let's make the Māori language strong

At Kids at Home we offer a service that provides ongoing opportunities for parents and whanau to develop a sense of whanaungatanga and high-quality education and care to the children of our community that reflects their culture and identity.

Mana Reo Communication

The  language and symbols of children’s own and other cultures are promoted and protected.  Ko te whakatipuranga tēnei o te reo. Mā roto I tenei ka tipu te mana tangata me te oranga nui.

This week during a visit to Denise’s whare Trev was greeted by James and Teddy greeting her with a beautiful maori greeting ‘morena whaea Trev”.  She felt so honoured to be greeted with such confidence and clear pronunciation. Kia ora korua.  Trev then was presented with a fridge magnet noticeboard of maori words and phrases which they were so excited to share with her.

Ideas for celebrating Māori Language week with your family

Asides from attending organised events and workshops in your area, there are plenty of other ways you can celebrate Māori Language Week with your children. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Use Māori Words each Day

Create a family challenge where by every member has to use Māori words in conversation each day. While it might seem like a difficult task at first, chances are you already know more than 5 words and use them without even thinking. Some common Māori words which are used in everyday conversation include:

  • Kia ora – Hello
  • Kapai – Good
  • Whare – House
  • Kai – Food
  • Whanau – Family
  • Puku – Tummy
  • Korero – Talk, speak, have a conversation
  • Moe – Sleep
  • Waiata – Song, to sing
  • Karakia – Prayer, pray

Learn New Words

Make an effort to learn a dozen Māori words before the end of the week. You may choose to label rooms and furniture in your house, or find out the Māori words for your favourite animals. You can get instant translations for almost every word at www.maoridictionary.co.nz.

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