April 21, 2021
Coffee club perks up language delivery
Māori language body Te Mātāwai is looking for initiatives that will put te reo Māori on the lips and tongues of older Māori in Te Arawa.
Area representative Muriwai Ihakara says the language is strong in the rohe among tamariki and rangatahi because of kōhanga reo and kura kaupapa, but many parents and grandparents feel whakamā about their lack of language skills.
He wants creative and innovative solutions.
"In the last round a coffee club was formed so mothers could get together and with their tamariki and over coffee speak, learn and promote fluency in te reo. That's kind of left field but the critical thing is it speaks to a particular audience and it works," he says.
Applications to the investment round, which closes on May 19, are expected to align with Te Mātāwai's five strategic outcomes: whānau wellbeing, adressing intergenerational transmission, encouraging immersion domains, supporting reo movements, and creating a sense of national identity.
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