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Ideas for communication around and through Web 2.0 can be in a vast array of languages. Language learners and teachers are increasingly recognising computer mediated communication and multimedia as key factors in learning the mechanics of the language, as well as for connecting learners, encouraging students to create their own artefacts, and enhancing the exploration of socio-cultural aspects of language. Te reo Māori is one such example (click HERE to access a literature review around eLearning and Te Reo Māori and Kaupapa Māori education).


Depending one the age of the learners with whom you are working (or if you are a self-directed learner yourself) a good place to start is the Treaty of Waitangi in general, and this Education Kit (.doc) specifically (for more information click here). There is also a community of educators where you can ask questions, access more resources, share ideas, get support around the Treaty.

The following represents a brief selection from a large range of ideas, exemplars, resources and tools for te reo Māori. Please make recommendations around other resources you may have found useful, and share any feedback you may have about those mentioned below.


Ideas for learners


You may find it useful if you are unfamiliar with some of the concepts of Māori learning as Māori you may find it useful to watch this video (by Mark Dashper) as it gives a valuable overview of some key principles that, when combined, provide a programme suited to Māori and Pakeha alike.

To watch this video please click here


Digital story telling - encouraging learners to combine oral and visual creativity to tell stories can be incredibly powerful. Some of the examples of poetry, songs, and dance used to capture narratives - and then shared online are inspirational. Check out, for example, the digi-Poem: "Hinemoa's daughter" - a visual and aural feast.


Ngā whakaaro mō Te Wiki Reo Māori - Ideas for Māori Language Week: The introduction to these ideas reads "No matter what your level of fluency, there are many things you can do to celebrate te reo Māori. Of course, you can try these suggestions all year round, but Māori Language Week is a great time to start!". The page goes on to make over 20 suggestions, with links to supporting resources and sites. There is also a language club that enables students to make contact with other learners.


For learners making their own resources, these two short videos - Let's go out and eat (by Lucy, Maddy and Darren), and one by Katie, Evie and Fran about a hangi, give a nice example of students working together to create something that they have shared with the world in general, and which can be rated and commented on.


For material for discussions around language and culture, there are a couple of interesting resources that could be used with learners. For example:

Effective practice: Some examples



The Korero Māori site has a rich selection of resources, some of which are interactive. Learners can, for example, click on a word and hear the pronunciation, then test their knowledge with online activities. There are also sections suitable for beginners and advanced learners, as well as for businesses. A great place to find out about protocols as well. There is also a downloadable resource with language learning strategies.

Originally designed for senior Māori-medium teachers, the Kia Mau resources focus on two waiata and two haka that have an association with the Māori Battalion. Combining an insight into history, culture, social justice, bereavement, leadership and language, the multimedia resources complemented by teacher's notes (four teaching units), have been designed for the Social Science discipline, Social Studies, at curriculum levels 6 to 8.

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To access a full 15 modules of multimedia rich, interactive resources to help you learn te reo Māori, try Te Whanake Animations. Each module begins with an animated movie and is then followed by activities and exercises related to what you see in the movie. If you don't like learning alone, there is also a discussion forum where you can contact other learners of te reo Māori. To complement these modules you could get podcasts downloaded directly on to your mp3 player or mobile phone - try Maori Avatar for starters.

There is a reasonable selection of online resources around the meanings and pronunciation of Te Reo Māori on the Internet. Some of the best include really clear videos that show the mouth shape as well as the audio, (from who also have a You Tube channel you can subscribe to), which model the pronunciation of the vowels and consonants. The site also has an annotated list of links to online dictionaries and translators, and a range of commons phrase 'drills'.

For more than just a definition, Te Aka has "encyclopaedic entries including the names of plants and animals (especially native and endemic species), stars, planets and heavenly bodies, important Māori people, key ancestors of traditional narratives, tribal groups and ancestral canoes. Māori names for institutions, country names, place names and other proper names are also provided. There are also explanations of key concepts central to Māori culture. Comprehensive explanations for grammatical items are included, with examples of usage, as are idioms and colloquialisms with their meanings and examples. These have all been included because they are important in communicating in a Māori context, and contribute to understanding and speaking the language in a natural way" ( Want to test if you remember those vocabulary words? The Digital Dialects site has some online quizzes (for animals, numbers and common vocabulary) that are quite fun to do, and they self-check as you go through, although you don't get a 'score' at the end.


Māori television and Māori radio are both good sources of authentic language, but would need scaffolding for early learners, and it would be a good idea to have some sort of task associated, such as a blog post about a programme enjoyed in a specific week, which is then shared with other learners.


The Treaty of Waitangi can be read in Māori (with accompanying audio read by Whetu Scott that needs Windows Media Player installed to play the files) and English.


Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI) – The Online Learning Centre have a wide range of multimedia and interactive resources, related to Māori Education including myths, dance, ancient civilisations, collaboration and cooperation, and dramatic performance - to name but a few!


Initiatives / Creative Projects


The launch of Google in Te Reo Māori is discussed in this blog post and this video. To change the language that you view the Google interface in follow these instructions.

Insights into Maori Identity

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Comment by Hazel Owen on January 21, 2014 at 8:02
Superb resources, Rachel ... Tino pai :-) Thanks heaps for sharing.

I really like Google drive as a way of collating the resources. Did you have plans around how to make the resources more discoverable as the collection grows? Is there someone who has oversight of the curation of the resources, or is it more of a whole community role?

Copyright, and raising awareness around how to use Creative Commons licensing to ensure copyright isn't infringed, are two big requirements and a pressing area for professional development I feel. In addition, as you say, more funding is required for the creation of resources. To help encourage open sharing of all resources though, I reckon we should ensure where possible, that contracts for resource creation should explicitly indicate that some or all of the resulting artefacts should be Creative Commons licensed :-)

I'll keep my eyes peeled for funding pools and organisations and drop you a line if / when I come across any.

If anyone else has resources to share of know of funding that could help Rachel with the initiative in which she is involved, please leave a comment with links.
Comment by Rachel Whalley on December 30, 2013 at 16:50

To add to this collection you can find our VLN Primary School Te Reo resources here. We try to put all the digital resources out where they are accessible for all to take, modify, reuse. We've chosen to use Google Drive as the basis for this (and Youtube for video) so that these resources can be easily shared and integrated into any sort of online learning environment. More work needs to be done on ensuring all our material complies with copyright, particularly images used in our presentations. More time & money is needed to create appropriate digital resources across all of our learning areas - it is a huge need.

What would be really useful would be if more digital content that is currently difficult to get to (like DigiStore material) be opened up to be easily accessible too. Here is an example of how we are remixing and opening up the Cook Islands Te Reo Maori language resource"I-E-Ko-Ko! - An Introduction to Cook Islands Māori" This collates all the video, print resources, worksheets and additional Quia quizzes based around Language Targets. Though it isn't complete, only the first 4 units. We would like to be able to do this for all of the NZ Learning Languages series, though quite time intensive...if you know of any funding pools or organisations that would support this work would love to hear from you!

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