Māwhai Tuhituhi – online Te Reo writing competition for Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori

Hei whakanui i Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2014, kei te mahi pakiwaitara tuhituhi ā-ipurangi Te Matapihi ki te Ao Nui, ā, ka taea e koe e tō kura rānei ētahi taonga te wini.

Kua oti kē i te kaituhi rongonui haere nei a Paora Tibble te whiti tuatahi te tuhituhi, ā, māu e āpiti atu ō tuhituhi ki te pakiwaitara ia rā, hei te 21-25 o Hūrae.

Ka whiriwhirihia kotahi te whiti ia rā (tae atu ki te 200 kupu), mai i ia reanga, ka mutu hoki ngā pakiwaitara hei te ahiahi o te Paraire te 25 o Hūrae.

Ko ngā Reanga: (Kura) Tau 1-8, me te Tau 9-13

Ko ngā taonga ia rā he pēke whare pukapuka, he kāri koha, he haki pukapuka hoki.

Ko ngā taonga mā ngā toa tuhituhi kotahi paparorohiko mō ia reanga, ā, he haki e $250 hei hoko pukapuka mō ngā kura o ngā toa tuhituhi.

Ko te kura hoki he tokomaha rawa ana kaituhi ka wini hoki i te haki pukapuka e $250!

Kia whai wāhi koe ki te wini, tūhono mai ā-ipurangi ka tuhituhi mai rā: wcl.govt.nz/mawhaituhi


To celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2014, Wellington City Libraries are weaving an online story, with the chance for you and your school to win some cool prizes.

Well-known author, Paora Tibble, has written the first paragraph but we need you to continue the story each day, from 21-25 July.

A paragraph (up to 200 words) will be selected, daily, from each age group, and the stories will finish on Friday afternoon, 25 July.

Age Groups are: (School) Year 1-8, and Year 9-13

Daily prizes include library bags, concession cards and book vouchers.

The prizes for overall winners include a tablet for each age group winner, plus $250 of book vouchers for the winners’ schools.

The school with the most contributors will also win $250 of book vouchers!

For your chance to win, join us online and weave your story: wcl.govt.nz/mawhaituhi


Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori – Māwhai Tuhituhi

To celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori this year, Wellington City Libraries is weaving an online story!

Well-known author, Paora Tibble, has written the opening paragraph of a story and each day, children and teens have a chance to write their own paragraph to continue the story in Te Reo Māori. There will be prizes every day for the best entry, as well as prizes for the over-all winner – including book vouchers, library bags and a tablet! The competition will run during Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, from Monday 21 July until Friday 25 July. Check back here next week for more details!


Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

Ko Arohatia te Reo te kaupapa hei tāhuhu mō Te Wiki o te Reo Māori i tēnei tau. Arohatia te Reo is the theme for Māori Language Week, which means to cherish the language. Every year the week seems to generate more and more support and at workplaces, schools and universities people are giving Te Reo Māori a go. If you want some help interpreting some of the expressions you have heard this week, read in the paper or seen on the internet here is a link to a mobile app that may help.

Another way to get involved is to listen to a book being read in Māori. Check out this link on our web site where you can hear Te Huihui o Matariki / The Seven Stars of Matariki By Toni Rolleston-Cummins. Click a book cover to listen, or one of these links: Te Huihui o Matariki read in te reo Māori, by Te Kahumatamomoe Taumata or The Seven Stars of Matariki read by the author, Toni Rolleston-Cummins.

If that inspires you to learn more then here are some great language resources to use.

KARAWHIUA!!! (Give it a go!!)

Syndetics book coverEveryday words in Māori / designer and modelmaker: Jo Litchfield ; Māori translation by Huia Publishers.
Hundreds of Māori words for everyday objects in everyday situations for beginner learners of Māori. Includes pronunciation guide and an alphabetical Māori/English list of all the words in the book. Suggested level: junior, primary.

Syndetics book coverCounting fish in Māori and English / [Ahurewa Kahukura].
“The importance of maintaining a child’s native language is now well recognised by parents and educators. It is also important for children from all backgrounds to experience other languages and culture. Our Tui range of bilingual educational books are designed specifically to achieve this. The range is beautifully illustrated with bright colours to appeal to young children and feature simple vocabulary in Samoan, Tongan, Maori as well as English. Our books cover a wide range of topics and will make learning languages fun for children. Children will love learning their very first words in Samoan, Tongan and Maori.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFirst hundred words in Māori / Heather Amery ; illustrated by Stephen Cartwright ; Māori translation by Huia Publishers.
“Big, brightly-colored pictures engage young learners and are accompanied by clear illustrations, with the M?ori word underneath. This encourages the direct association of the word with the object, making it easy to learn and reinforce meanings.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover Q’s course in Māori / Quinton Hita ; illustrated by Zak Waipara Q’s Course in Maori was first released in 2001. An ideal starter for students of all ages and backgrounds, the programme will teach readers: *How to pronounce Maori correctly *How to introduce yourself *How to ask questions *How to describe things *Provide the basis for a useful vocabulary. Written in an accessible and amusing way, and amply illustrated by Zak Waipara.

Syndetics book coverTe Matatiki : contemporary Maori words / Maori Language Commission = Te Taura Whiri te Reo Maori.
“The growing interest in Maori language learning has created a need for new words to describe contemporary ideas. First published in 1991, this book was designed to make the new vocabulary created by the Maori Language Commission more widely accessible. This new edition of the bestselling publication will help further promote te reo Maori as a living language.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTe hikuwai : launch yourself into te reo Māori : a complete foundation course for Aotearoa’s own language / Ian Cormack. Te Hikuwai is a bilingual course in Te Reo Maori for learners of all backgrounds. It aims to present Maori as a vibrant language for today’s world and with dynamic prospects for the future. Te Hikuwai (the stream) is the first of two levels in a foundation course. Te Hikuwai is designed for learners with little or no previous experience of Maori, and aims to equip them with the basics of the language. (Syndetics summary)

Also coming soon to the library the second part of the self tuition program by Ian Cormack.

Syndetics book coverWahapū : launch yourself into te reo Māori. Te Wahapu is the second book in this comprehensive, enjoyable and easily understandable self-tuition course for Maori language. Te Rere o te Reo offers an up-to-date bilingual approach to mastering te reo Maori, designed for learners of all backgrounds in today’s world. As notable Maori language advocate Piripi Walker says in his foreword: ‘Te Wahapu, like Te Hikuwai before it, provides all the steps you need for mastery of the first stages of speaking and writing idiomatic Maori. It has been located within real-life activities of contemporary people, scenarios which imagine you using Maori, in Maori-speaking networks, in modern settings. (Syndetics summary)