Ākina te Reo was the theme for 2016 Te wiki o te Reo Māori. It was a week of Mauri ora, positive vibes and having a go with our Reo. We thought it was mīharo (awesome) to be part of something everyone in Aotearoa seemed to be celebrating. We had some hard case confusion around deciphering the weather reports everynight. We heard some intimate shared stories of struggle and triumph from prominent Reo Māori Pou (Māori language leaders). We had heaps of fun using the reo out on the sports feild cheering on our tamariki and it all felt ka pai.
Kirsten and I were honoured to be asked along to present at a couple of Te wiki celebrations. I practised my pakiwaitara (stories) for the tamariki in Ōtautahi while Kirsten mesmerised whānau in Ōtepoti with her winning waiata.
Wish it was te wiki all the tāima? Us too. We were inspired by our Reo Māori community and what others do to whakamana (revitalise) the reo on the daily in their lives and with their whānau. Here are some of our favourite inspirational resources found last week for Te wiki o te Rēo Māori!
A pono report on how its done (give it a go and learn from mistakes) by Julian Wilcox
10 tips to keep the Reo going in your home-By the nēnene (funny Nadine Miller)