Te reo Māori & Culture

Ko taku reo taku ohooho, ko taku reo taku mapihi mauria

My language is my awakening, my language is the window to my soul


By learning te reo Māori and enrolling in our Tikanga courses, students increase their awareness and appreciation of culture and te ao Māori. They will broaden their employment options and learn to appreciate, understand, enjoy and value Māori visual and performing arts. They develop a greater respect for a range of views and cultural practices and greater confidence in discussing them. You do not have to be Māori to learn te reo Māori.

Te reo Māori is an official language of New Zealand. It is a poetic language with beautiful, layered meanings, and understanding it helps Birkenhead College students understand the culture or our tangata whenua: the indigenous people of Aotearoa.

Throughout their study of te reo Māori and Tikanga, students learn the basics of speaking, reading and presenting in te reo Māori. They will learn their pepeha, a mihimihi, pōwhiri protocols and the history of Aotearoa, including important events such as the invasion of Parihaka and the Bastion Point protest. Other topics studied may include haka, harakeke harvesting, weaving and aspects of Rongoā, as well as waiata, Matariki and more.

Head of Curriculum Management

 Mrs Margaret Nightingale

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