Date: 17 September 2018
Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori language week) has come to an end and it has been exciting to see so many staff and students prepared to learn something new.
Some of us have been reluctant to try to speak te reo for fear of giving offence or because we don’t want to do, or say the wrong thing. We have been encouraged by those confident te reo speakers to ‘give it a go’. Thank you to Mr Anthony Keung, Mr Kimoro Taiepa, Mr Anaru Watson and Mr Philip McKibbin, in particular for sharing their expertise and enthusiasm with us. We are particularly proud to have a school Haka and encourage everyone to learn the words to this precious taonga.
The challenge to all of us is to keep the momentum going, to try some te reo every day and see if we can all be a little more confident in our use of te reo. We have both students and staff in the school, who are very willing to help, including both Ms McNaughton and Mr Saunders.
Mr McKibbin prepared a document for teachers which include some basics, a sample of which is included below which may be a good place to start!
kia ora - hi/ thank you
mōrena - good morning
tēnā koe - greetings (to one person appropriate when meeting someone for the first time)
tēnā kōrua - greetings (to two people)
tēnā koutou - greetings (to three or more people)
haere rā - goodbye (to people who are going)
e noho rā goodbye (to people who are staying)
hei āpōpō - see you tomorrow
ngā mihi o te pō - good night
ka kite anō - see you again
kia māhaki - be humble
aroha mai - I’m sorry
ka pai! - well done
ka rawe! - excellent
haere tonu - keep going
ngā mihi - regards
he mihi mahana - warm regards
kia pai te rā - have a good day
kia pai te wiki - have a good week
noho ora mai rā - take care
Aroha mai, aroha atu (let’s support each other ) as we continue to celebrate te reo Māori.
Help with pronunciation can be found at; www.waikato.ac.nz/pod/pronunciation
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