Ko te reo te mauri o te mana Maori.

Sir James Henare often quoted his proverb, ’Ko te reo te mauri o te mana Maori’.

Translated it means ’The language is the essence of being Maori’.

Te reo Maori, the indigenous language of Aotearoa New Zealand, is a taonga and is guaranteed protection under the Treaty of Waitangi.  It was declared an official language in 1987. Te reo Maori and tikanga Maori are essential components of this country’s heritage.

As such, the Maori Department is committed to maintaining that intent through the revitalization of the Maori language.

Studying te reo Maori enhances students’ ability to communicate, to use the language to make meaning, to study the language in order to understand how it works and to learn about culture and the interrelationship between culture and language.

The curriculum guidelines outline scaffolded opportunities to learn te reo Màori.

The curriculum spans eight levels of achievement and includes suggested learning contexts in the form of sociocultural themes, topics, and text types. Learners will be encouraged to use relevant contexts of their own rohe, whakapapa and history.

Year 7 and Year 8 Te Reo Maori is compulsory and optional from Year 9 to Year 13.  We currently have a Year 9 Mahi Toi class that includes learning through waiata, kapahaka, weaving, carving, tukutuku panel making at an introductory level.

We are privileged to have as a teaching and learning space Whakarongorua marae (the Okaihau College marae).