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Te Pū Taka Māori (the Māori alphabet)

At Play Learn Grow early childcare we teach our preschoolers about Te Pū Taka Māori (the Māori alphabet). This gives them the best start when they get to school as well as many years of happy learning. Te Pū Taka Māori consists of 10 consonants and 5 vowels, as opposed to the English alphabet with its 21 consonants and 5 vowels.

In alphabetical order they are

a, e, h, i, k, m, n, ng, o, p, r, t, u, w, wh

There are

five vowels: a, e, i, o, u

ten consonants: h, k, m, n, ng, p, r, t, w, wh

Two of the consonants are digraphs (two letters that combine to form one sound): wh, ng

We acknowledge that there are a number of iwi that have their own different dialects (e.g. Ngai Tahu in the South Island replace ‘ng’ with ‘k’). The focus is on mainstream te reo māori.

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Professor Scott Morrison and Stacey Morrison – Authors of “Māori Made Easy” Books

Te Taura Whiri I Te Reo Māori (The Māori Language Commission) have helpfully funded a number of great resources. This includes Professor Scotty Morrison (Ngāti Whakaue and Te Arawa iwi), well-known presenter of current affairs programmes Te Karere, Marae, OneNews and numerous other programmes, talking about pronunciation:

Part One (Tahi) on Te Reo Māori Pronunciation with Professor Scott Morrison
Part Two (Rua) on Te Reo Māori Pronunciation with Professor Scott Morrison
Part Three (Toru) on Te Reo Māori Pronunciation with Professor Scott Morrison

Ka rawe (awesome)! Well done on practising your Te Reo Māori pronunciation whānau. We are so proud to share our passion for our beautiful language of Aoteoroa.

Mauri mahi, mauri ora; mauri noho, mauri mate.
Industry begets prosperity (security); idleness begets poverty (insecurity).

This is a great waiata that you can teach your children how the vowels sound in Te Reo Maori

Play Learn Grow Love Māori Language Week

Tēnā koutou katoa

Haere mai, nau mai, whakatau mai. Hello, welcome and please feel settled here at our pre-school centre of excellence. At Kohungahunga ko Tākaro Ako Tipu (Play Learn Grow) early childcare centre we are proud to celebrate the beautiful language of te reo māori. We have māori kaupapa (values) and whakapapa (ancestry) and identify as a māori organisation. So being Māori Language Week expect to see a few posts and mātauranga (knowledge) māori being shared.

Last year with COVID we still participate virtually by submitting mihi (talks) on what Kohungahunga ko Tākaro Ako Tipu (Play Learn Grow) teach about te reo and also tikanga māori. This strengthens the ongoing Māori language movement and helps embed social change across our West Auckland community. Our diverse staff, our quality education and cultural competence are what qualities are our whānau tell us, make us the ECE centre in West Auckland. We really appreciate this feedback and praise, and drives us to serve you.

This Māori Language Week sees Kohungahunga ko Tākaro Ako Tipu (Play Learn Grow) ECE take part in a world record attempt as we try to set the record for the biggest single, simultaneous celebration of an endangered language on earth. We will participate at 12pm tomorrow Tuesday 14th September 2021, with whaikōrero and the Kohungahunga ko Tākaro Ako Tipu karakia.

Kia kaha te reo Māori. May our language be strong.
Kia kaha Aotearoa. May our country be strong.
Kia ora Aotearoa. May our people be well.