Kia Kaha te Reo Māori

Inspired by the use of te reo by educational leaders such as Mark Osborne and Maurie Abraham, I have taken on the wero/challenge to increase my use of te reo this year. After a long break since my 4 years of te reo at high school, it was time to regain my ability to speak Māori.

I have recently finished an online course through Te Wananga o Raukawa (,portfolio,,39,Certificate+in+Huia+Te+Reo.html) which was a great way to increase my reo. This has increased my vocabulary with many words and phrases which I can use in my day to day life (My daughter is not so impressed that I can now tell her to go straight to sleep in both English & Te Reo Māori) and enabled me to confidently whaikōrero on behalf of our school during pōwhiri. Thanks also here to Whaea Jennifer Leauga and (Aunty Whaea) Kiri Turketo at Lynfield College for your encouragement, support and pushes in the back to speak at each of these events.

As this is Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori here in New Zealand, I thought it would be an appropriate time to try to write a blog post in te reo (with translations provided).

Tena koutou, Tena koutou, Tena koutou katoa

Hello everyone

E ngā kaiako, e ngā akonga, e ngā kaipānui
Haere mai ki Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori. Continue reading

Kei te pehea koe?

This week is Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori (Maori Language Week) so my question today is honour of that.

Kei te pehea koe? means How are you?

Hopefully answered with Kei te pai (good) or even ka rawe ahau – I’m awesome!

To sign up for a Maori word of the day (or of the week) emailed to you see They are also running free online sessions over skype teaching you how to speak te reo this week. See the session times (including time converter for those of overseas) here.


This post is Day rua tekau ma rua (22) of My Questioning Quest.

See you apopo (tomorrow)!