Te Roopu Māori | Issue 17

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

Tēnā Koutou Katoa ngā tauira o te Whare Wānanga o Otago. Ko tēnei te wiki o te reo Māori. Kia Kaha koutou ki te korero te reo Māori ki ō hoa, ki ō kaiako ki ngā tangata katoa. He kaupapa whakahirahira tēnei, Nō reira karawhuia!

This week is Te Wiki O Te Reo. Arohatia te Reo is the theme for Māori Language Week, which means to cherish the language. We encourage all to find a way to express how you can use, honour, speak and show some love for the language of our country. Here are a few basic phrases to get you going, try and say at least one phrase a day so we can all work together to strengthen our beautiful language.

Mōrena/ ata mārie Good Morning
Kei te pēhea koe? How are you?
Ka nui te ora I’m great
I pēhea tō rā? How was your day?
Pai mārika taku rā I had a great day
Ka kite āno See you again
Ka rawe te kōrero Māori Gee speaking Māori is good fun.

There are Te Wiki O Te Reo events happening around Uni so get amongst, to name a few we have ...

Monday 23rd: An open lecture in which Dr Poia Rewi will be giving a kōrero on the past, present and future prospects of Te Reo Māori. Barclay theatre (Museum) at 5:30pm.
Wednesday 25th: There is a tautohetohe (debate) in the moot court “Your not Māori if you can’t speak Māori” Moot Court Richardson Building 5:30pm.

Friday 27th: Fundraiser Hypnotist show $15 a ticket to raise funds for our national conference that we are hosting at the end of August . Tickets sold at OUSA and Te Roopū Māori.

Saturday 28th: Christchurch band Merchants of Flow will be playing at Urban Factory $5 a ticket.

Any queries email teroopu.maori@otago.ac.nz or come into our whare 523 Castle Street.

Finally, I would like to thank all those that attended Te Hokai, the Māori Ball in the weekend. It was a very memorable event and enjoyed by all. Rocking to the 1950s juke box tracks, then getting pumped up to go to town from the beats of Dj “Disco Stu”. A heartfelt thank you to second year tauira Tawini White for spearheading this event and making it very much a success.

Get amongst Te Wiki and look out for the hangi’s at the union the cockle, mussell baguettes and the seafood chowder at Franklys.
Whakanuia Te Reo Māori
Mauri Ora whānau

—Lisa x
This article first appeared in Issue 17, 2012.
Posted 10:46am Sunday 22nd July 2012 by Lisa Pohatu.