Case Study Videos

A community-based development model sits at the centre of how we operate at Te Mātāwai. This model requires a return of authority back out to the communities, so that whānau, hapori and iwi can lead their own pathway to te reo Māori. The videos below demonstrate how whānau from different regions across Aotearoa revitalise te reo Māori so that it suits their way of living - kia ūkaipō anō te reo.

Ngā Ia Taiheke o te reo Māori

Ngā Ia Taiheke o te reo Māori is a wānanga reo set up on Matakana Island to re-establish the Marae environment as a safe space for te reo Māori to be spoken at all times, in all areas of the marae, by all proficiency levels. Additional to Māori language lessons, tauira often learn and sing waiata about the history and land of Matakana Island. There are roughly 30 people who attend these wānanga, and so the long-term goal is to encourage more interest in learning and speaking te reo Māori in the home and community and eventually making te reo Māori the primary language on the island.  

Te Reo o Ngātokimatawhaorua

Te Reo o Ngātokimatawhaorua is a kaupapa waka based in Te Tai Tokerau, bringing together a new generation of kaihoe to learn the histories, oral traditions, and ancestral knowledge of the waka from whence they descend. Recognised as the face of annual Waitangi Day commemorations at the Treaty Grounds, kaihoe numbers can reach up to 300 over a weekend wānanga. A vessel to connect kaihoe with their reo, tūpuna and hītori, this kaupapa waka has culminated in a pull towards the marae, where kaihoe are assuming the positions of kaikaranga, kaiwero, kaikarakia and kaiwhaikōrero.