Do you want to learn Te Reo Māori but don't want to go back to school?
Since July 2013 we have provided an easy access, non threatening learning environment for an Introduction to the Te Reo Māori Language night classes. These classes are run during the standard College School Terms.
Our lessons include some tikanga , whakapapa (family tree), mihi (welcome speeches), waiata (songs), Karakia (prayer), we also have a hangi planned for March and a visit to one of the kaiako (tutor) marae for this year.
We do not charge for the classes but invite people to share in the costs by giving a koha (Donation).
Our goal is to help people gain a love for the language, by enabling them to learn proper pronunciation, direction of speech, greetings, how to say a mihi and share their pepeha.
Three classes are offered at different levels of learning.
Our Beginners class (Takahē), Working in WorkBook 1
Suits those with little or no experience and concentrates on pronunciation, direction of speech, basic sentence structures, and some whakapapa.
Our Intermediate class (Ruru), Working in Workbook 2
Suits those with basic knowledge and takes the above mentioned further with more sentence structures and includes learning to say a mihi and share their pepeha.
Our Advanced Class (Tui) Working in workbook 8
Are mainly made up of students who haved worked through, Workbook 1 to Workbook 8 (currently on workbook 8), learning more sentece structures and combining them with others, to make longer sentences, the Classes begin and end with waiata and karakia and terms 2 and 4 conclude with a hakari (feast).
Our kaiako is Tūrangawaewae Kiwi (Tū), who hails from Tauranga Moana.
The kai-awhina (helpers) are Maaka (Mark) Flintoff and the Reti whanau (family) Starr, Raine, Samuel and Skye.