Te Ahu o te Reo Māori Otago/Southland regional providers

Kia tiakina te mātauranga ki te reo Māori | Fostering education in te reo Māori


Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

The Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu whakataukī, “Mō tātou, ā mō kā uri ā muri ake nei, for us and our children after us”, highlights the focus put on intergenerational outcomes for whānau.

Tikaka Māori/Tikaka Kāi Tahu is part of the wider Mātauraka Kāi Tahu worldview. Kāi Tahu tribal values and Kāi Tahu cultural standards also feature strongly – Kā Uara: Tohukataka, Rakatirataka, Kaitiakitaka, Whanaukataka, Manaakitaka. These Uara will be introduced and infused into all aspects of learning and teaching thereby creating a safe learning environment based on aroha and manaakitaka, where participants are nurtured and encouraged.

Participants in the programme will also be given ‘stretch challenges’, particularly in planned total immersion sessions, to gradually build from 30 minute, to full-hour, to half-day and full-day sessions.

Delivery Region/s

  • Marokura: Cohorts in Kaikōura and Hurunui, Te Tai Poutini: Cohorts in Hokitika and Kawatiri
  • Cohorts in Ōtautahi, Rangiora, Hakatere, Te Tihi o Maru, Rēkohu/Wharekauri
  • Cohorts in Waitaki, Ōtākou, Wakatipu and Murihiku

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu has strong existing relationships with each of the Papatipu Rūnanga and marae where they plan to deliver Te Ahu o te Reo Māori ki Ngāi Tahu 2021-2023. The course delivery is within the boundaries of the Ngāi Tahu takiwā and has identified key personnel (regional facilitators) in each location that have the capacity and the competence to deliver the course and where there are well-established relationships. These regional facilitators are all qualified teachers or competent te reo Māori speakers and active members of their Ngāi Tahu/Māori community. They have pre-existing relationships with Papatipu Rūnanga which were strengthened during the pilot phase of Te Ahu o te Reo Māori.

Another key relationship that enhances the capacity to deliver this programme is with Kotahi Mano Kāika, Kotahi Mano Wawata (KMK) – the Ngāi Tahu reo revitalisation team which provides great networks, infrastructural support with resourcing and has a proven track record in running kaupapa reo in Te Waipounamu, with insights into the successes and learnings of teaching te reo Māori to predominantly non-Māori teachers. A number of KMK staff members assisted in teaching the zoom classes during the Covid-19 lockdown and also during our face-to-face wānaka. They also provided keynote presentations on language loss, revitalisation, and critical awareness to grow the number of te reo Māori speakers.

Taumata/Levels being taught

Levels 1-3

Target audience participants come from early childhood, primary and secondary schools. These three levels were part of the initial delivery from 2019-2020 across the tribal takiwā, showing that it was essential to have a strong focus at early childhood right through to secondary. It was clear in the pilot that secondary was underrepresented, although this may have been due to several factors such as late notice of the professional development disruption from Covid-19 and the reluctance to leave the classroom for teachers of specialist subjects. 

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu will be delivering the Te Ahu o te Reo Māori programme in several locations, including urban sites, rural sites, and across a large geographical area which will require flexible delivery methods and the need to factor in Covid-19/natural disaster occurrences.

In previous pilot deliveries, it was found that restricting participants to one delivery option did not suit all regions and therefore offered options for small town participants e.g., Timaru opted for a mix of teacher release days and weekend/evening wānaka/zoom hui. Through surveying participants prior to delivery and assessing their te reo Māori levels, delivery options can also be discussed and decide on by consensus. For this reason, the following 4 options will be offered for phase 1 delivery:

  1. Face-to-face classes in school teaching weeks (subject to confirmation) with zoom classes and open online forums in between
  2. Evening classes across geographically based kāhui ako with zoom classes and open online forums in between; and
  3. Weekend/school holiday incentive reo with zoom classes, open online forums in between; or
  4. a combination of 2 or more of the above.

The delivery model is based on the five outcomes of Te Ahu o te Reo Māori taumata, these are:

  • Mita/Reo ā-Iwi (local dialect) – local words, phrases, karakia, waiata and sayings
  • Whakamahi (use) – practise of reo use appropriate for a classroom setting
  • Tikaka o te Reo (grammar) foundations of grammar and writing conventions
  • Marautaka (curriculum) – development of learning content for regular activity; and
  • Whakarauora (revitalisation) language planning for the school/early learning services/classroom.

Lesson plans reflect the different learning outcomes required for ākoka to reach the expected standard under each taumata.  

Mita and Reo ā-Iwi are frequently used and promoted by programme kaiako who are strong advocates of te reo o Kāi Tahu. Alongside generic vocabulary for things such as kai, kākahu (weruweru) and tohutohu, our ākoka are also provided the opportunity to learn the Kāi Tahu equivalents and their origin. There is a strong focus on vowel pronunciation as a foundation of reo at the very start of the course, with opportunities to revisit and strengthen as the course progresses. There are also opportunities for Kotahi Mano Kāika staff to give guest presentations on mita and Kotahi Mano Kāika developments.

There is free access to all the Kotahi Mano Kāika resources where taumata 1-3 rauemi were originally stored and are password protected.

Face-to-face classes in wānaka provide ākoka with the opportunity to grow their confidence in the use of te reo Māori. In Taumata 2, short time periods of immersion are introduced to get ākoka used to stretching their reo use by using what reo they can to communicate, encouraging repeated use of simple greetings as a foundation. In Taumata 4, scenario-based communicative learning is encouraged, where tauira learn language that they can actively and confidently use in contexts, like wā parakuihi and hoko kai. Staggering the teaching of sentence structures is an important part of the course, which allows ākoka to master the building blocks of te reo Māori. 

In the pilot programmes, only levels 1-2 were included. In 2021, the aim is to teach four taumata, with the development of the final three taumata to take place over 2021-2022. Lessons and rauemi have been aligned to the Te Whanake series for language progression.

Participants at taumata 1-4 work through stages from teaching te reo Māori in one curriculum, to multiple curriculum areas. However, a strong component of the programme is Mātauraka Kāi Tahu which is embedded in the lesson plans and focus areas:

  • Pūrākau – story telling
  • Pepeha – tribal identity
  • Whakataukī - proverbs
  • Karakia – incantation/prayer; and
  • Waiata - songs.

In addition, the mahika kai ā-rohe cycle is seasonally based and students are exposed to this through online tribal videos and rauemi. Students can learn first-hand from most of the facilitators who have participated or grown up with Kotahi Mano Kāika initiatives and language planning activities over the past 20 years. 

Contact person

Makayla Hewlett

Kairuruku Matua - Senior Facilitator - Te Ahu o Te Reo ki Ngāi Tahu

Īmēra: makayla.hewlett@whitiora.org.nz

Nama Waea: 027 203 2050


Lynne Harata Te Aika

Kaihautū - Te Ahu o Te Reo ki Ngāi Tahu

Īmēra: lynne.teaika@whitiora.org.nz


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