Te Wānanga o Raukawa in Ōtaki has made major breakthrough in Māori language teaching with the introduction of a ‘fee free’ radio course.
Te Wānanga o Raukawa is working with Reo FM, the local iwi radio station, to offer its new ‘free’ open-entry Te Reo course, ‘Huia te Reo’.
Here’s a report from Mereana Selby, Tumuaki, Te Wānanga o Raukawa:
Poupou Huia te Reo – Certificate in Te Reo Māori
Since the establishment of our first Māori radio stations in the 1980’s, Māori have recognised the significant role that radio plays in supporting the revitalisation of the Māori language and culture within our communities.
Along with Māori initiatives such as Kōhanga Reo and Kura Kaupapa Māori, iwi radio stations have become an important beacon in a pakeha-dominated broadcasting environment, providing another space for Māori to be Māori and to celebrate the many positive qualities that define us as a people.
Whakapapa and kotahitanga
It is therefore, a natural expression of whakapapa and kotahitanga which sees Te Wānanga o Raukawa collaborating with Reo FM, our local iwi radio station to offer our new ‘fee free’ open entry te reo Māori course, ‘Huia te Reo’.
Huia te Reo is a 13 week Certificate in Te Reo Māori, offering those who have always wanted the opportunity to learn te reo the option to learn in their own time and in the comfort of their own home, car or workspace. Students can tune into Reo FM at set times each week or utilise the flexible option of listening to podcasts online at a time to suit.
Each broadcast is thirty minutes long during which time you will hear the familiar voices of our local reo experts including kaumatua and our tamariki, engaging in a pakiwaitara (folktale) narrative.
There is also a section called Te Whānau which follows the daily activities of a bi-lingual family. The fairytale or pakiwaitara and the whānau sections provide the context for learning and teach phrases that are applicable in everyday situations. Karakia, mihimihi, kīwaha, whakataukī and pēpeha are all covered each week. There is also the opportunity to access a student support team for any queries you may have.
At the completion of the programme it is hoped that your confidence in using te reo Māori will have grown and that your whānau, friends and tamariki will have enjoyed the opportunity to learn alongside you.
Future pathways for further study here at Te Wānanga o Raukawa include week long Hui Rumaki Reo or Maori language immersion papers, a selection of weekly language classes as well as our Heke (Diploma) Reo course which is a one year, daily contact classroom course that will build on and cement the basics you have learnt.
As well as providing a fun and supportive learning environment, the ultimate goal in completing Huia te Reo is that you will come away inspired to continue the lifelong journey that is the revitalisation of te reo Māori. There is no better way we can ensure the survival of our culture than to be the role models and receptacles of our language for our mokopuna.
Nāku i roto i ngā mihi,
Nā — Mereana Selby, Tumuaki
( Note: ReoFm broadcasts on FM 88.7 — and the Te Reo lessons are scheduled at 7.30am, 9.30am, 5.30pm and 9.30pm. For further information, go to www.wananga.com)