Monday, July 20, 2015

Whakanuia te wiki o te reo Mori 
Celebrate Mori language week

The kaupapa for Te Wiki o te Reo Mori 2015 is ‘Whngaihia te reo Mori ki ngmtua,' with the aim to encourage and support the language development of parents who can then whngai the language to their children.

Ngmihi nui ki a koutou katoa. Greetings to you all.
Te Wiki o te Reo M
ori /Mori Language Week takes place this year between Monday 27 July and Sunday 2 August. This special week provides an opportunity to celebrate and learn te reo Mori, helping to secure its future as a living, dynamic, and rich language.

I strongly urge and encourage you to really step it up and promote the use of te reo Mori at school during this week and hopefully beyond. 

Here are some practical ideas that I know all of you can try next week with your class & around home and school:

- Greet everyone in person, everyday in te reo Mori (kia ora, tnkoe/krua/koutou, mrena, ata mrie, ka kite an, haere r, e noho r) &/or change your email greetings/signature to te reo Mori using these google doc ‘Useful Phrases in te reo Mori' -
- Always start & end the day/session with our school karakia
- Sing a M
ori waiata everyday
- Learn these classroom kupu- & then create labels to stick them to the relevant objects in your class, use the Mori names of the objects when possible
- Sign up to Te Kupu o te Wiki
- Share with your class everyday a different Whakatauk- Kwaha- 
Ensure you and your kids know how to pronounce Mori names correctly (people e.g. Anaru, Hurihia, Awanui, Ngriki and places e.g. Akaroa, Rangiora, tautahi)
- Celebrate all the M
ori words you & your kids know already, you might be surprised - make a class list & identify them all e.g. kai, marae, mana, kaupapa, whnau. Discuss their meaning, practice pronunciation but most importantly, commit to using the kupu/words you already know in your everyday conversations
- Know these two documents inside out & use them as key resources for
planning, teaching and assessing te reo Mori at school 
          1) Te Aho Arataki Marau mte ako i te reo Mori Kura Auraki 
          2) He Reo Tupu, He Reo Ora
- Get to know your kids better by learning & sharing your own and as well as their own mihi
- Identify & discuss important M
ori values - Decide as a class how we can demonstrate, celebrate & promote these values at school
- Share some of the articles, videos, stories from the links below with your whole class
- If you need help, please just ask. I am always happy to help with pronunciation, support & encouragement!

Don’t just think about it - commit to it, krero Mori e! 
Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui!

Resource page offering links, ideas and stories

Te Kupu o te Wiki

Virtual Learning Network Discussion

A digital kit of resources for Mori Language week – resources, websites, blog posts, you tube clips of waiata, lang, video, photos, Edtalks, whakatauk. Collaboratively put together by educators across NZ led by Tania Coutts (CORE Education)

Ngi Tahu Resources & Downloads 

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