Toi Whātua

The reo Māori initiatives below are aimed at increasing the visibility, the application and the everyday usage of te reo Māori in multiple contexts including but not limited to Ōrākei and the homes of hapū members, in both spoken and written forms.

It seeks to make visible and audible the Māori language so that it permeates our environment and reaches the ears and hearts of our people to advance the cultural capital, health and identity of our people.

Me kōrero Māori ngā uri me ngā kaimahi katoa o Ngāti Whātua ki roto i ngā kāinga, tae atu ki ngā puna reo, kura, wāhi mahi, puta noa ki ngā marae.

E ngā uri o Tuperiri, tēnā koutou katoa!

E whai ake nei ko ngā kaupapa a Toi Whātua mō te tau e tū mai nei – 2021. Whakapiri mai, hono mai kia ngātahi tā tātou kōkiri whakamua! 2021 brings you the line up of hōtaka Reo delivered by Toi Whātua! 

If you want to:
– be empowered to step in to your Āo Māori

– work towards achieving the Language outcomes you want
– be held accountable to your goals
– wānanga, unpack, learn and understand our local histories, and kōrero specific to our kāinga.

Check out all of our kaupapa below. 

Kura Pō - Te Reo Māori Classes.



Here are the resources for our reo classes. Tuāpapa, Tuawhiti, Tuakiri, Whakamau Whātua, Te Tū Purunga & Kaimahi o Whai Māia – karawhiua!


Kei ngā ākongā, anei te tuhinga mō te wiki tuatoru! Click here for Week 3 resource.



 Anei te pānui mō ngā akoranga reo. 

Whakamau Whātua - Finding Whātua


E te iwi, e te whānau, ngā karangatanga maha, ngā uri o Tuperiri! Nau mai ki Whakamau Whātua! / Finding Whātua.
Tune in every Tuesday from 7:30pm to wānanga, unpack, learn and understand our local histories, and kōrero specific to our kāinga.
Hono mai mā te huitopa – tune in on zoom!
Meeting ID: 828 9051 8986
Passcode: NWO
Here is a sneak peek of some of the kaupapa that we as a whānau will be exploring this year.





 Anei te pānui mō ngā akoranga reo. 

Kaiako – Ropata Paora: ropatap@nwo.iwi.nz

Te Tūāpapa o te Reo - Level 1

Tūāpapa |  Face to Face Delivery

Introduction and basic Te Reo techniques for beginners.

Kaiako – Moana-Roa Callaghan: Moana-RoaC@nwo.iwi.nz

Te Tuawhiti o te Reo - Level 2

Tuawhiti |  Face to Face Delivery

Learning conversational Te Reo.

Kaiako – Robbie Paora: RobbieP@nwo.iwi.nz

Te Tuakiri o te Reo - Level 3

Tuakiri |  Face to Face Delivery 

Rūmaki Reo – Total immersion.

Kaiako – Joe Pihema: joe@ngatiwhatuaorakei.com

Please note registrations for our 2021 Kura Pō are currently closed. However we are still collecting expressions of  interests. If you would like to join any of our Kura Pō or Whakamau Whātua online classes please email Huia on huiap@nwo.iwi.nz.

Please note that these hōtaka Reo are for registered hapū members and their partner/spouse only. 

Te Tū Purunga o Tāmaki.


Ia te Pōapa/ Wednesday nights starting 24 February 2021 (18 week program).

Ki hea: Ōrākei Marae (Whare kai ki raro)
Te wā: 6pm – 7pm
Kaiako: tarumaik@nwo.iwi.nz, piripi@nwo.iwi.nz.

This year we embrace the concept of Te Tū Purunga o Tāmaki (giving rise to a final stance) as a term to express and acknowledge the past, present, and future. We aim to cultivate vibes created by increasing whānau involvement in upcoming events. Rukua te ruku i tā Te Kawau ruku!

Click here to join the private Facebook group for Te Tū Purunga o Tāmaki.



Click here to join the private Facebook group for Te Kapa Haka o Ngāti Whātua.


Te Reo Māori Resources

See More Below

Te Reo I Te Kāinga booklet

Te Reo I Te Kāinga/ Te Reo At Home booklet is a Te Reo Māori resource that will help you and your whānau to speak Te Reo at home.

Learn more

Tōku Pepeha.

Click here to download completed poster.

Click here to download blank poster. 

Click here to download the booklet.

50 Everyday Words

Click here to check out this te reo Māori resource.

On the Sideline! Sports Kupu

Click here to check out this te reo Māori resource.

Ngā waiata

Click here to check out this te reo Māori resource.

Te Reo Māori Resources.

Korikori Kōrero

Learn Māori vocabulary and simple phrases to do with sporting activities.

Waka Ama

Rīki/League | Whutupōro/Rugby


Te Reo Māori Tips & Tricks

  • Learn simple words to begin with – ones that you can incorporate into your everyday life. Use these often, every day if you like, so you can remember them easily. Examples could include greetings such as Ata mārie – Good morning, or food and drink such as miraka – milk. “Ata mārie, would you like some miraka in your kawhe?”.


  • Take a Te Reo Māori class. Sign up for Tākina an online, accelerated te reo learning program, developed by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei te reo practitioner Rōpata Pāora. Over 70 whānau are already signed up on the online program, we also have 50 others attending classes each week. For more information contact cjhawke@nwo.iwi.nz All of these programs are free for whānau members.


  • Create a zone within your whare or office (tari) that is specifically for the use of Te Reo Māori. You might choose the kitchen as a space in your house that you only speak Te Reo Māori. As you progress and it starts to become a little easier you can expand the zone to another area of your whare. It’s all about creating positive areas that promote the use of Te Reo Māori.



  • Find a friend! Although this may seem obvious, one of the most effective ways to learn Te Reo Māori is by speaking it with others. It’s difficult learning to speak a new language when you are on your own – so find others who are on the same waka (journey) as you, so you can support each other. After all, you’re likely to be more motivated when you do it with a friend and will have more fun.


  • Be prepared to make mistakes along the way. When learning a new language, you should expect a lot of failed attempts, mix-ups and mistakes but don’t worry! Mistakes are often the best way to learn, so don’t be too hard on yourself. Make sure you find out where you went wrong and try your best to improve in that area. Don’t give up in frustration. Kia kaha e hoa mā.


  • Get your whānau involved. For our parents out there, sending your tamariki to Kohanga Reo or Puna Reo, doesn’t only benefit the child, but you as well! Get involved with your child, learn with them and make it a family affair. You’ll find that your tamariki are less likely to make fun of you when you make mistakes too!


  • Change the channel to Māori Television (19). Māori TV is a great resource to use when you’re trying to learn Te Reo Māori as it is bi-lingual and an easy way to hear the language being spoken in your whare. There are a great number of interactive learning shows such as Opaki, Monday to Friday at 2:00 – 2:30 p.m and of course your daily Te Ao Māori news at 6.30pm every day. This is also a great resource for those who don’t have a lot of people to converse with. You can also access these from http://www.maoritelevision.com and https://www.maoritelevision.com/shows/korero-mai


  • If you’re feeling confident or wanting to take your Te Reo Māori speaking skills up a notch, tune into Te Reo (82). This channel is completely in Te Reo Māori and has a variety of great shows including Ako. Airing weekdays between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Ako is a Māori Language Class for intermediate level learners presented by Pania Papa. The online link is https://www.maoritelevision.com/shows/ako


  • Take a notepad and pen with you to local hui or events taking place at the Marae, or while watching Māori TV. Write down any new or unfamiliar kupu you hear and then research the meaning behind these kupu. Once you have a few pages of kupu, you can use your notepad as a reference or personal dictionary to help you on your reo journey. You can also use your phone to keep notes, but it’s best not to do this during a pōwhiri .


  • Attend a Kura Reo or Wānanga Reo near you. These are interactive live-ins that can last for up to 7 days where you are completely immersed in Te Reo Māori. There are usually different Te Reo Māori speaking capability groups that range from brand new speakers to experts in the reo so you’re bound to find others who are also at your level. Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei have grants for our descendants to attend Kura Reo, so refer to our website, or email Clay Hawke cjhawke@nwo.iwi.nz if you are interested.


  • Learn Waiata and Karakia. Before the arrival of Pākeha to Aotearoa, Māori stories, customs and knowledge were maintained orally which is why waiata and karakia are so important. They are easy ways to remember kōrero and pakiwaitara and can come in handy when you’re at a pōwhiri or whakatau.


  • Learn your tribal pepeha. A huge part of Te Āo Māori is acknowledging who you are and where you come from. If you can research and learn your pepeha, you create a deeper meaning and relationship with the language.


  • Celebrate the little wins. Every accomplishment, whether it be big or small, is important. Ahakoa he iti, he pounamu – Although small, it is a treasure.


  • Find your why. It’s important to acknowledge the reason behind you choosing to learn Te Reo Māori. If you’re strong in your why, you’re less likely to give up when you face challenges and difficulties. It also pays to have a positive attitude! Your thoughts influence your actions.


  • Make Te Reo Māori relevant to you. Whether your interests are in music, art, science or books – you can find ways to incorporate the Māori language into your life.


  • Listen! There are 20+ Māori Radio stations out there that broadcast in English and Māori. They play Māori artists and music, talk about relevant kaupapa Māori and broadcast events such as Kapahaka and Manu Kōrero competitions. Find your local irirangi Māori here http://www.irirangi.net/iwi-stations.aspx

Tunukai 101

Tunukai101 – A series of bilingual cooking videos created for Mahuru Māori.

External Te Reo Māori Resources

  • Useful Te Reo Māori learning websites

Tōku Reo – Te Reo Māori programme forbeginners (Maori Television)

Ako – Te Reo Māori programme for intermediate learners (Māori Television)

  • Links to Te Reo Māori dictionaries. 


http://reotupu.co.nz/WSLiveWakareo/ (subscription necesary)


Te Reo Māori booklets

Wānanga Reo booklets for all levels- coming soon.

Our Kaimahi

Ngā Kaimahi.