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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 below For me, I chose this word to name this website that houses the 3 kaupapa I work within because I feel it was placed in my heart…...

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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