Te Ahu o te Reo Māori — Fostering education in te Reo Māori

Te Ahu o te Reo Māori logo.

He kākano ahau i ruia mai i Rangiātea
Ahakoa iti taku iti
Ka tūria e ahau ngā iwi o te ao

I am a seed, sown in Rangiātea
Although I am small
I will lead my people to the heights of greatness

Te Ahu o te Reo Māori aims to grow and strengthen an education workforce that can integrate te reo Māori into the learning of all ākonga and students in Aotearoa New Zealand.

About Te Ahu o te Reo Māori

Te Ahu o te Reo Māori represents our commitment to helping our education workforce to use te reo Māori correctly every day.

Te Ahu o te Reo Māori acknowledges that every staff member of an early childhood centre, Te Kohanga Reo, school and kura has an opportunity to use te Reo Māori every day. 

That’s why Te Ahu o te Reo Māori is available for non-teaching staff as well as all kaiako and teachers. That’s staff like the receptionist and the caretaker; because learning te Reo Māori will give them confidence when greeting students that they’re pronouncing their names properly, or help them to better connect with ākonga, students, parents, and whānau.

This year, Te Ahu o te Reo Māori will be delivered during terms 2 and 3, and led by local te Reo Māori and mātauranga Māori experts in 4 priority regions.

Te Ahu o te Reo Māori contributes to our strategic goals and outcomes described in Ka Hikitia, Tau Mai Te Reo, and Mōu Te Reo.

It also supports the Maihi Karauna which outlines what the Government will do to support a strong, healthy, thriving Māori language in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Government’s vision is that by 2025 te Reo Māori will be a part of all ākonga and students’ education.

Who can participate in Te Ahu o te Reo Māori

Te Ahu o te Reo Māori is an opportunity for all kaiako, teachers, and non-teaching staff to develop their knowledge of and use te reo Māori correctly every day.

We are of the firm belief that an education workforce that is better equipped to use te reo Māori in their communities, will enhance learning outcomes for all ākonga, and students in Aotearoa New Zealand.

With this in mind, Te Ahu o te Reo Māori has been designed for the education workforce, which includes:

  • English medium teachers, from early learning through to secondary school
  • Māori medium kaiako, from Te Kōhanga Reo through to wharekura
  • Non-teaching and support staff.

What Te Ahu o te Reo Māori will help achieve

  • Graduates will be able to use the knowledge and skills gained: in their teaching programmes; and assist their relationships with ākonga, students, their parents and whānau.
  • Participants will have an improved understanding of the communities they are a part of, especially the stories, language features, and dialects unique to the region and iwi where the initiative is delivered
  • Participants will be able to nurture opportunities for all staff, ākonga and students, to use te reo Māori every day.
  • Te Ahu o te Reo Māori will help the education workforce to work with their communities to plan and realise their collective dreams and aspirations.
  • Te Reo Māori will be acknowledged, reflected and celebrated as an official language of Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Te Ahu o te Reo Māori allows Māori language, identity and culture to be shared, embraced and celebrated.

Where Te Ahu o te Reo Māori is available and what's involved

This year, Te Ahu o te Reo Māori is available at several locations in Waikato, Taranaki-Whanganui, Kāpiti-Horowhenua-Porirua and Te Waipounamu.

We are testing Te Ahu o te Reo Māori in these regions, because the Māori populations in these areas are projected to increase by at least 20 percent, by 2023.

Four providers will deliver Te Ahu o te Reo Māori in 2019.

Region

Provider

Waikato

TupuOra Education and Development Ltd

Taranaki-Whanganui

Te Ataarangi ki Taranaki Charitable Trust

Kāpiti-Horowhenua-Porirua

Kāuru Limited

Te Waipounamu

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

Each provider has their own unique way of delivering Te Ahu o te Reo Māori. For example, in Taranaki the teaching method is Te Ataarangi, which uses coloured Cuisenaire rods as a learning tool. Like Taranaki, Te Waipounamu has it’s own mita, sound, accent and dialect. Expect to learn a little more about your local area and some of its unique features and stories, alongside of acquiring te reo Māori.

More information on delivery in Waikato

More information on delivery in Kāpiti-Horowhenua-Porirua

More information on delivery in Te Waipounamu

The following table outlines key details for each of the four regional initiatives.

Regions

Programme

Waikato

TupuOra Education and Development Ltd

  • Targeted at taumata 1 and 2 of Ngā Taumata o Te Ahu o te Reo Māori
  • Content is based around Waikato/Tainui dialect, Te Kīngitanga, local history and traditions
  • Blended learning including face to face, individual and group lessons, kura whakahihiri (symposium style) and online modules
  • Available in Te Awamutu, Glenview, and Te Rapa
  • Starts 22 July and ends 20 December.

Taranaki-Whanganui

Te Ataarangi ki Taranaki Charitable Trust

  • Targeted at taumata 1 and 2 of Ngā Taumata o Te Ahu o te Reo Māori
  • Te Ataarangi is the preferred teaching method, using Cuisenaire rods and immersion Māori learning experiences
  • Content is based around regional dialect, local history, and traditions
  • Blended learning including face-to-face, individual, and group lessons, kura reo, and on-line modules
  • Available at various locations in Taranaki and Whanganui
  • Begins Sunday, 5 May and ends Thursday, 24 October.

Kāpiti-Horowhenua-Porirua

Kāuru Limited

  • Targeted at taumata 1, 2, 3, and 4 of Ngā Taumata o Te Ahu o te Reo Māori
  • Blended learning including face to face, individual and group lessons, kura reo, self-directed book and online learning
  • Content is based around local reo, local traditions, values and history and includes learning via karakia, waiata and haka
  • Available in Levin, Ōtaki, Paraparaumu and Porirua
  • Begins Monday, 15 July and ends Monday, 4 November.

Te Waipounamu

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

  • Targeted at taumata 1 and 2 of Ngā Taumata o Te Ahu o te Reo Māori
  • Learning method is primarily face-to-face with self-directed book learning
  • Available in Kaikoura, Karitane, Tuahiwi, Arahura, Invercargill, Temuka
  • Start dates to be confirmed.

About the Ngā Taumata o Te Ahu o te Reo Māori Framework

Te Ahu o te Reo Māori is supported by Ngā Taumata o Te Ahu o te Reo Māori – a te Reo Māori competency framework.

The framework has five levels of learning outcomes (Taumata) and five focus areas, each with appropriate success indicators.

Ngā Taumata o Te Ahu o te Reo Māori Framework [PDF, 102 KB]

When you register your interest, you will be asked to select the taumata that best matches your current capability. This will assist the facilitators to prepare an appropriate programme for you to participate in.

How to register your interest for Te Ahu o te Reo Māori

  • Registrations for Taranaki have now closed however you can still register for Whanganui until 5pm on Monday 20 May.
  • Online registrations for the other three priority regions are open until 5pm on Friday 24 May
  • We will be in touch via the email address that you provide.

Te Ahu o te Reo Māori - Registration of Interest (external link)

Te Ahu o te Reo Māori is a zero cost initiative

  • There are no costs to attend Te Ahu o te Reo Māori. All learning materials will be provided.
  • Funding is available to contribute to the cost of releasing teachers and kaiako to participate in Te Ahu o te Reo Māori.
  • We will be in touch with more details upon receiving your registration of interest via the email address provided.

Who was involved in developing Te Ahu o te Reo Māori

In 2018, a group of mātanga (mātauranga and te reo Māori experts) advised Associate Minister of Education (Māori Education) Hon Kelvin Davis on outlines for two initiatives, one of which was Te Ahu o te Reo Māori. Their report, He Puna Whakaaro Mō Te Ahu o Te Reo Māori me Te Kawa Matakura supported an initiative that:

  • Accelerates the use of te reo Māori in English medium.
  • Strengthens te reo Māori in Māori medium.
  • Improves te reo Māori acquisition and proficiency for kaiako and teachers.
  • Contributes to system change that values and prioritises te reo Māori in education.

He Puna Whakaaro Mō Te Ahu o Te Reo Māori me Te Kawa Matakura [PDF, 2.6 MB]

The mātanga expert panel involved in designing Te Ahu o te Reo Māori are:

  • Dr Ruakere Hond
  • Dr Will Edwards
  • Quinton Hita
  • Moe Milne ONMZ
  • Kingi Kiriona
  • Sir Timoti Karetu KNZM
  • Rahui Papa
  • Paraone Gloyne
  • Darlia Walker
  • Dr Hana O’Regan
  • Dr Ihirangi Heke
  • Pakake Winiata
  • Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr
  • Professor Poia Rewi
  • Sir Hector Busby
  • Hirini Henare 

Further information

I currently have no or little te reo Māori, will Te Ahu o te Reo Māori be able to help me?

Yes. Te Ahu o te Reo Māori is designed to support all levels of learning te reo Māori, including taumata 1 and 2. The learning environments across all regions are also supportive and fun for beginners and people with little or no te reo Māori.

How much time commitment is required to participate in Te Ahu o te Reo Māori?

Each regional provider has their own unique way of delivering Te Ahu o te Reo Māori and therefore will require different levels of commitment between regions.

More information will be provided upon your registration of interest. For further information contact tereo.maorigroup@education.govt.nz

Will Te Ahu o te Reo Māori be offered in other regions?

Yes. However, for the first year of Te Ahu o te Reo Māori, we are delivering in four priority regions, Waikato, Taranaki-Whanganui, Kāpiti-Horowhenua-Porirua and Te Waipounamu.

By the end of this year, we will have evaluated Te Ahu o te Reo Māori. Evaluation will include considerations and recommendations of how we can improve delivery and which other priority regions Te Ahu o te Reo Māori will be extended to.

How much is the investment to deliver Te Ahu o te Reo Māori?

Budget 2018 committed $1.1 million of new operating funding in 2017/18, plus $11.4 million operating funding over the following three years, for a package of initiatives to lift capability across the system for delivering quality te reo Māori education.

The funding also provides a contribution towards staff/teacher relief costs, so that staff can attend Te Ahu o te Reo Māori.

Does this mean te Reo Māori will be compulsory in schools?

There are no plans to make te reo Māori a compulsory subject for ākonga and students to learn.

The Ministry of Education is guided by Ka Hikitia and Tau Mai Te Reo strategies and shares the Government’s commitment to the Maihi Karauna.

We aspire for improved te reo Māori proficiency and acquisition across the education workforce, so that together we can create an education system that integrates te reo Māori into the learning of all ākonga and students in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Is Te Ahu o te reo Māori the first time the Ministry of Education has supported te reo speaking teachers?

Te Ahu o te Reo Māori aims to support the education workforce, including both teaching and non-teaching staff.

In 2017, we funded more than 280 scholarships for Māori immersion and te reo Māori teachers. These are substantial scholarships, covering course costs and fees, and a range of allowances to help with study costs while studying.

Also, the teacher supply package announced in December 2018 included initiatives like the Voluntary Bonding Scheme, the expanded Teach First NZ programme and funding the Teacher Education Refresh programme that will support more te reo Māori teachers into schools and more Māori-medium teachers into wharekura.

What funding is available for relievers/relief staff?

For kura, wharekura and schools, funding to contribute to the cost of releasing your kaiako and teachers will be paid in your 1 July 2019 bulk grant instalment.

Funding will be calculated at $320.00 per day for six days per teacher totalling $1,920.00. When you pay for the cost of your reliever teachers, please charge this cost against the department code 25910.

For early learning services, funding to contribute to the cost of releasing your kaiako and teachers will be calculated at $320.00 per day for six days per teacher totalling $1,920.00.

You can send an invoice for payment to teacher.studyawards@education.govt.nz. Invoices are to be made out to the Ministry of Education, TeachNZ, PO Box 166, Wellington 6140, with Te Ahu o te reo Māori relief costs as reference.

You will need to cover personal travel and accomodation costs to attend Te Ahu o te Reo Māori.

 

Early Learning / Te Kōhanga Reo

School / Kura / Wharekura

Daily grant allowance

$320.00 per day for six days per teacher

$320.00 per day for six days per teacher

Total payment

$1,920 per teacher or kaiako

$1,920 per teacher or kaiako

Date of payment

Upon receipt of invoice sent to teacher.studyawards@education.govt.nz

1 July 2019 bulk grant instalment

Administration notes

Invoices are to be made out to the Ministry of Education, TeachNZ, PO Box 166, Wellington 6140, with Te Ahu o te Reo Māori relief costs as reference.

When kura and schools pay for the cost of relief kaiako and teachers, please charge this cost against department code 25910.

 

Which other language and education strategies does Te Ahu o te Reo Māori support?

Te Ahu o te Reo Māori contributes to Ministry of Education strategies Ka Hikitia and Tau Mai Te Reo. These strategies are underpinned by the Maihi Karauna.

The Maihi Karauna is the Government's Māori language strategy to create a society where te Reo Māori is valued, learned and used, by developing policies and services to support language revitalisation.

Maihi Karauna (external link)

Ka Hikitia is the Ministry of Education's strategy to rapidly change how the education system performs so that all ākonga gain the skills, qualifications and knowledge they need to enjoy and achieve education success as Māori.

Ka Hikitia

Tau Mai Te Reo expresses what the Ministry of Education and education sector agencies will do for learners of Māori language in Education.

Tau Mai Te Reo

  • Online registrations in Taranaki are open until 5pm on Friday 3 May
  • Online registrations for the other three priority regions are open until 5pm on Friday 22 May
  • We will be in touch via the email address that you provide.

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