• Pronouncing & learning Maori words can be tricky

    WE CAN HELP

  • What We Do (and Don't Do)

    We offer a one on one, personalised online service via Skype. 

    Learn how to say Maori words better

    Pick a few words that you need to use regularly
    You may have some place names, people's names or other common words that you want to say correctly. Or we can help you with the Top 100 Māori words that most people need to know. 

    Better understand Maori words and concepts

    We can help you better understand words you often hear or use
    You may have words you have heard and wondered what they meant, or may have a short text you would like to translate from Maori into English or vice versa. We can help.

    Why we do it...

    Here's a couple of stories about why we're doing this...

    What we're not...

    We're not a course, a programme or a qualifications provider.
    We provide basic coaching and support for people who want to pronounce Te Reo Māori better and understand some basic concepts.
    If you're wanting to become fluent in Te Reo then we recommend you participate in a more collective approach to learning so there is a community to support you. In Aotearoa there are full-time and part-time Te Reo courses in nearly every town.
    If you're overseas it can be harder to find a learning community but there are some online courses. Some suggestions include: 
  • Who We Are

    We're a whanau enterprise based on the East Coast (near Ruatorea) and keen to help other whanau. We also have a pool of kaimahi that are helping out because we've had so many people asking for the service. More kaimahi profiles are coming soon!

    Miria

    Ngāti Porou
    Miria's first language is Te Reo Māori. She could kōrero Māori before she could walk and hasn't stopped since. Miria loves kapahaka and currently attends Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Waiu o Ngati Porou in Ruatorea.

    Tarsh

    Ngāti Porou / Ngā Puhi
    Tarsh grew up on the East Coast with her grandparents who were native speakers. She completed a BA (Hons) in Maori and Politics and has half a dozen post-graduate qualifications. Tarsh is passionate about Te Reo and has led a number of Te Reo education services.

    Manu

    Pākehā
    Manu is the weak link in the team. He grew up in Tauranga where his Pakeha parents encouraged him to participate in kapahaka and marae life. Manu has done a few Te Reo night classes but naturally learns lots more from living in a household that speaks Te Reo everyday.

    Justine

    Te Atihaunui-a-Paparangi / Ngati Tuwharetoa
     
    E rere kau mai te awa nui. Mai i te kahui maunga ki Tangaroa.  Ko au te awa, ko te awa ko au.
     
    Tihei Mauri Ora!
     
    Ko Ruapehu raua ko Tongariro oku maunga.
    Ko Whanganui toku awa tipua.
    Ko Tauponui-a-Tia toku moana.
    Ko Rotoaira toku roto.
    Ko Aotea raua ko Te Arawa oku waka.
    Ko Parikino raua ko Tokorangi oku marae.
    Ko Te Atihaunui-a-Paparangi me Ngati Tuwharetoa nga iwi.
    Ko Ngati Hinaro raua ko Ngati Pikiao Waewae oku hapu.
    Ko Tahana Turoa raua ko Paranihi Te Tau oku tipuna.
    Ko Tyson raua ko Paranihi oku whanau.
    Ko Justine Paranihi ahau.
     
    I tipu ake au kei Whanganui tae atu ki toku tau tekau ma waru.  Katahi i neke au ki konei, ki Papaioea mo te matauranga.  Kei konei tonu au e noho ana,
     
    I kuraina au kei tetahi kura reo rua, ko Te Kura O Kokohuia,  Ahakoa i ako au i te reo Maori kei taua kura, he roa te wa i taea e au ki te korerohia i te nuinga o te wa,  Heioi ano, e ai ki te whakatauaki, If you dont use it, you loose it.  Koina au. 
     
    Engari i roto i taku mahi kaiako, i timata ahau ki te whangaia to tatou reo rangatira ki nga tamariki kohungahunga.  
     
    Ko toku tumanako, ka piki toku reo me toku maia ki te korero ahakoa te aha. 
     
    I believe te reo Maori is a special taonga unique to Aotearoa,  I support the learning of te reo Maori by those who are not Maori, by identify themselves as Kiwi and connecting to Aotearoa.  This is because as a bicultural country, we need to embrace our unique identity,  And if you are willing to learn and respect the associated tikanga/protocols of our reo and culture, then i am prepared to tautoko/support you on this journey,
     
    I have a background as a teacher and will use some of these skills to support you on your journey to learn te reo Maori me ona tikanga.
  • Contact Us!

    Tell us a bit about yourself and why you're keen to improve your confidence with Te Reo Maori.
    We're currently experiencing serious overload of interest, so it may be some time before someone gets in touch to organise a time to korero!