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Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

TeWiki landscape 2021

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (September 13 to 19) is a great opportunity to speak, hear and experience the Māori language.

Check out the Te Kupenga app

In February this year, Hawke’s Bay’s five councils launched a new app to help people improve their understanding of te reo Māori and tikanga Māori including waiata and karakia, as well as knowledge about Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

The name Te Kupenga comes from Te Kupenga-a-Te Huki, a celebrated ancestor of Ngāti Kahungunu, whose greatest achievement was to create unity through networking.

The app has such features as maps showing the different iwi across the country, tips on correct pronunciation, a list of karakia and waiata and other handy resources such as pepeha samples, mihimihi, whakatauki (proverbs) and greetings.

Not only are these written, simply tap on the screen and you can hear them being said to assist with pronunciation.

  • Te Kupenga is also supporting the Heretaunga Ararau Te Reo Māori Policy and Action Plan, which the Hastings District Council launched in 2020 to raise cultural awareness and promote the use of te reo Māori not only within Council but also throughout our wider community, and in doing so support the Ngāti Kahungunu Te Reo Māori Strategy - Kahungunu Kia Eke!

Download Te Kupenga from the App Store or Google Play Store and see what it’s all about.

A quick quiz. Answers on the back page.

  1. What day of the week is Rāmere?
  2. What are the two alternative te reo Māori words for black?
  3. If you are going for a hikoi you are going for a…?
  4. What is a dining hall on a marae called?
  5. What does "kei te pēhea koe" mean?
  6. Who is the god of the sea?
  7. What is te reo Māori for the number 12?
  8. What is the Māori name for the silver fern?
  9. What type of fruit is an ārani?
  10. What is the Māori name for Havelock North?

10 September 2021

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