Recently Aotearoa celebrated Te Rangaihi Reo Māori and we thoroughly enjoyed seeing social media and various other platforms light up with all kinds of recognition and support for such an important kaupapa.
Here’s just five we thought were worth a mention:
- Whittaker’s Miraka Kirīmu tiakarete block
Number one is obviously chocolate related as chocolate never lasts long in this office! Whittaker’s released new Māori translated versions of their usual Creamy Milk chocolate packaging and we think it should stay!
- Waiata / Anthems
Okay this one was released last year, but we still can’t get enough of it! [Especially Julie and Jacky who still have it on high rotation!] Waiata / Anthems is a compilation album by artists from Aotearoa who have re-recorded their songs in Māori. Last year it debuted at number one on the Official New Zealand Music Chart. One of our faves is I Moeroa / Woke Up Late by Drax Project; the album also includes Kia Mau Ki Tō Ūkaipō / Don’t Forget Your Roots by Six60 and Haere Mai Rā / Sway by Bic Runga.
Download and listen on Spotify or Apple Music.
- What’s your ingoa (name) in Māori?
This one is a bit of fun! Try it out here.
You can now greet our team by the following:
Ally – Ari
Jacky / Jacqui – Haki
Julie – Hūria
Meg – Mēka
Stacey – Teihi
- Vodafone, 2degrees take on social media criticism of te reo Māori
Vodafone changed its network name from VF New Zealand to VF Aotearoa at the end of Māori language week as part of its ongoing support for Te Reo, but not everyone was pleased…
One user called it a “woke virtue-signal” and tweeted an image of the new network name, stating: “Don’t appreciate this, thanks.
“My country is called New Zealand.
“I don’t want it on my phone.
“Change it now, or else I’ll switch providers.”
Fellow mobile network 2degrees joined the action with the below:
5. Watch this cute 3-year-old speaking Te Reo
This little girl shares her whakaaro on moko kauae in Te Reo.
Watch here – it’s pretty cute!
Ahakoa iti, akona, kōrerohia – Learn a little, use a little!
One great way you could do this is by learning a word a day for a year – see 365 Māori words, or check out ‘100 Māori words every New Zealander should know’ and learn the ones you aren’t familiar with. You can also subscribe to receive a Māori word a day at Kupu o te Rā.