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Te Reo Māori

“Ko taku reo taku ohooho, ko taku reo taku mapihi mauria. My language is my awakening, my language is the window to my soul.”

Te Reo Māori is the foundation language of Aotearoa, the ancestral language of tangata whenua, the indigenous people. It is also one of the official languages of New Zealand and is a language for everyone. What is more, this dynamic language helps develop and celebrate our national identity, enhances the mana whenua and contributes to a successful economy.

Te reo Māori and tikanga Māori are intertwined, and so learning Te Reo Māori gives students access to Te Ao Māori (the Māori world) and to its wonderfully unique culture. Learning Te Reo has many advantages such as it will enrich and broaden your understanding of the uniqueness of Te Ao Māori. Did you know that studying Te Reo offers more than just the knowledge of another language? It increases your communication skills and also strengthens historical, cultural and community understanding.

Te Reo Māori and tikanga Māori are essential components of Aotearoa’s heritage. By learning Te Reo and becoming increasingly familiar with tikanga, Māori students strengthen their identities, while non-Māori students gain more understanding of this rich culture.

Remember: Te Reo is our taonga, our national treasure. Let’s embrace it! Ako Māori!