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I whānau mai au ki Timaru
Kei Greytown ahau e noho ana
Kei Fire and Emergency National Headquarters ahau e mahi ana
Ko Rhys Jones tōku ingoa


Tēnā koutou katoa, i tēnei Wiki o te Reo Māori.

For me, Te Wiki o te Reo Māori is a great opportunity to build our cultural understanding and confidence. Māori culture is unique to New Zealand and what makes us distinctive from other countries, and so is something we should all be proud and respectful of.

Each of us has different levels of comfort and experience when it comes to using te reo, but what’s important is to have a go, and to increase our own knowledge.

To help all of us, we’ve launched a new app, Whare Kōrero. It puts a range of useful resources at your fingertips, including mihi or greetings, hui and marae protocol, and examples of common waiata, with both words and audio tracks.

One feature I really like is the ability to create your own mihimihi or pepeha. As you’ll note from mine (above), a mihi is deeply personal and shows the essence of who you are. I encourage everyone to create and learn their own.

I invite you to check out the clip below, where Hori Mana, Poutakawaenga Māori for Te Ūpoko walks us through some of Whare Kōrero’s key features.


There’s more information about Whare Kōrero on the Portal(external link)

I also encourage you to download the app from the Play or App Store (search “Whare Korero”), use it to create your own mihimihi and to learn a few words and phrases you can use every day. The more you do, the more confident you’ll become.

Throughout Te Wiki we’ll share activities happening around the country on the Portal, plus tools and resources to help you learn te reo and become more confident using it.

Please share examples of how you, your brigade or team has “had a go” at learning or sharing te reo via the comments below.

Kia kaha te reo Māori – Let’s make the Māori language strong!

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