Te Ahu o te Reo Māori Waikato regional providers

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

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TupuOra Education and Development Limited

Through the privilege of piloting Te Ahu o te Reo Māori from 2019-2020, TupuOra was able to provide support and infrastructure for renown local experts and iwi to realise their collective aspirations for te reo Māori locally, and within a teaching and learning context.

TupuOra crafted and developed the unique and highly successful programme named Te Rekamauroa which is designed by teachers for teachers. Te Rekamauroa is phase one and has been purposefully contextualised across education sectors covering local dialect, history, stories, songs, haka and narratives.

Te Rekamauroa is derived from a type of kūmara, brought here to Aotearoa from Hawaiki. Translated as “The Long-Lasting Sweetness” the kūmara was traditionally grown and harvested in ways that had to be adapted to suit the new environment; much like how we need to stay current and think strategically around language regenesis today, so we can forever savour the sweetness of the Māori language.

Complimentary to Te Rekamauroa, TupuOra has integrated a graduate support programme named Te Rua Korotangi. The name refers to the traditional storehouse where the kūmara was stored, therefore acting as a repository to nurture the sweetness of the harvest, or in our case, the richness of the learnings acquired through Te Rekamauroa.

As phase two, Te Rua Korotangi provides participants with examples and opportunities to embed Te Reo within their learning environments, through fun events and initiatives.

Our phased programming for Te Ahu o te Reo Māori has been drawn directly from tikanga Māori as the overarching philosophy that will continue to guide and inform its ongoing delivery across the regions where we have been fortunate to secure delivery.

A key contributing factor to the success of our programme and a guiding principle of our kaupapa is the ability to create a culture and environment of ‘hihiri’ (inspiration and invigoration) to grow te reo Māori and tikanga Māori capabilities within each participant.

Through participation in the TupuOra Te Ahu o te Reo Māori programme, participants will gain a safe, enjoyable, authentic and meaningful environment in which to grow and nurture their te reo and tikanga Māori capabilities.

Participants will also benefit from access to the knowledge, skill and expertise of key te reo Māori champions and educators from within their respective regions.

Delivery Region/s and Location/s

  • Te Tai Tokerau – Whangārei/Kaikohe
  • Tainui – Hamilton/Ngāruawāhia
  • Waiariki – Tauranga/Whakatāne
  • Taranaki/Whanganui/Manawatū – Palmerston North

Taumata/Levels Being Taught

TupuOra has developed a curriculum outline that aligns specifically to the learning outcomes and success indicators across the different levels of NgāTaumata o Te Ahu o te Reo Māori. Careful consideration was taken to ensure the curriculum content step ups from level one through to level seven across the subject areas with clear and consistent progressions.

Level Descriptors

Below is a generic outline of the content delivered at each level to assist our participants in deciding what level is appropriate. It is important to note that this is only a guide, and the content may be slightly adjusted. There is other content as a part of specific regional delivery which may contain, but is not limited to customs and protocols, songs, prayers, traditional laments, and local histories.

Level 1 (English mode of delivery)

  • Local Dialect - simple pronunciation, consonants, vowels, digraphs, ‘T’ sounds
  • Use - terms of address, pepeha
  • Grammar - syllabic stress, definite/indefinite articles, simple commands
  • Curriculum - introductory phrases, Māori language resources
  • Revitalisation - Māori language history, Māori Language Act 1987, iwi revitalisation plan

Level 2 (English mode of delivery with minimal use of te reo Māori)

  • Local Dialect - pronunciation extension, ‘T’ class determiners
  • Use - simple conversation
  • Grammar - numbers and counting, personal pronouns
  • Curriculum - introductory, instruction and supporting phrases, Māori language resources
  • Revitalisation - understanding the Māori language status

Level 3 (English mode of delivery with increasing use of te reo Māori)

  • Local Dialect - the marae complex, the locative particle ‘kei’
  • Use - passives as commands, the use of ‘kaua’, interactive games
  • Grammar - active tense structures and their negatives
  • Curriculum - simple prayers and songs, curriculum, commonly used instructions
  • Revitalisation - Māori language week, Matariki celebration

Level 4 (Bilingual mode of delivery)

  • Local Dialect - genealogies, A/O prepositions
  • Use - interactive conversation, past and future tense questions
  • Grammar - A/O categories, ‘T’ class possessives
  • Curriculum - delivering prayers and songs, to plan and teach a curriculum area
  • Revitalisation - to celebrate Māori language week, create a classroom revitalisation plan

Level 5 (Bilingual mode of delivery with minimal use of English)

  • Local Dialect - tribal colloquialisms
  • Use - intermediate language to guide and complete tasks
  • Grammar - passive structures, stative structures
  • Curriculum - to conduct a lesson in a curriculum area
  • Revitalisation - to conduct sessions building awareness of te reo Māori

Level 6 (Total immersion mode of delivery)

  • Local Dialect - formal and informal language (local karakia, waiata)
  • Use - the language and practices within the wharekai (suggested)
  • Grammar - the prefix ‘whaka’, derived nouns, postposed particles
  • Curriculum - to deliver a main curriculum area in total immersion
  • Revitalisation - to manage strategies and revitalisation domains

Level 7 (Total immersion mode of delivery)

  • Local Dialect - to conduct a formal occasion (suggested)
  • Use - to facilitate high level fluency lessons (suggested)
  • Grammar - grammar correction, contemporary language domains
  • Curriculum - to create resources for, deliver and manage an advanced curriculum area
  • Revitalisation - to design, facilitate and evaluate a community language plan

Programme delivery is in two phases. Participants will complete 170 hours for each level undertaken.

  • Phase 1: Te Rekamauroa - 120 hours of directed and self-directed learning
  • Phase 2: Te Rua Korotangi - 50 hours of learning consolidation and enhancement

The delivery of curriculum will be achieved through a mixed mode of face-to-face learning and online delivery – Kura Whakahihiri (two-day workshops); Akoranga Whakahihiri (full day workshop); Te Whakapūmautanga (self-directed learning) and Wero (challenges).

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Tineka Wanakore
Executive Officer

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