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Popoia te kākano, kia pūawai ai - Nurture the seed so it will blossom

Te whakataukī o Wenerei/Rāhina - Wednesday✊🏾Kei te tīmata au i taku tino whakataukī:"Poipoia te kākano- kia puāwai ai" 🌱 "Nurture the seed-so that it will blossom" This was the first whaktaukī I fell in love with. When starting my te reo Māori learning journey it gave me comfort, strength and a sense of peace when the struggle got real, got emotional and ... well... nurturing tbe seed of tō tātou reo ūkaipō was just dam hard! Heoi anō... kei konei tonu ahau, kei te ako tonu ...

February 26, 2021

Ngā mihi o te tau hōu Pākehā

Ngā mihi o te tau hōu Pākehā ki a tātou katoa! Happy European/English New year greetings to us all! You may have recently seen, read or heard this Māori greeting and wondered what it means (if not translated) and maybe 'why' the Pākehā has been added on at the end??  Te Ao Māori (the Māori world view) traditionally did not calenderise the year based on a Gregorian Calendar- we have our own maramataka-lunar calendar which quite simply means 'the turning of the moon' and begins in P...

January 25, 2021

Te Reo Tuatahi

Te Reo Tuatahi: literally translates to The First Language.  Te Reo Māori was the first language of Aotearoa-New Zealand, and at one point in time all people living here spoke Māori -yes even our British colonisers, go figure. Sadly for many of us Māori it isn’t our first language, or otherwise known as the Mother tongue-which it should have been the very reo my nanny mā spoke to my mother, her to me and me to my tamariki-children.  It still hurts that it couldn’t be handed dow...

November 2, 2020

GROW what does it mean?

Develop is a verb that means to build up, grow, or improve gradually over time. When something develops, it grows. And if you develop something, you create it. In our beautiful Māori language we have several different kupu (words) that mean grow dependant on the horopaki (context it is used): tirohia ki raro – see belowohi- applied chiefty to childhoodwhanake- move onwards, upwards, to grow, spring up, develop, to risekaumātua- to grow old, grow uptoro...

October 5, 2020

What's in a name?

Is a name just a name? What is in a name and what should it represent? When choosing a name for this kaupapa, Uekaha was not my first choice 'Kaha Tū' was but after seeking advice from friends who are esteemed in Te Ao Māori and respected Kaiako and also the mana whenua of Tāmaki Makaurau - Uekaha was then presented to me. I truly love this kupu (word), this ingoa (name) and all that it means and can be applied to in life. The meanings below (Te Aka) are just that but when applied to life the...

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