Kia Kūrapa ki Tuahiwi

E te huka pikoko ki tō tātou reo, he mihi tēnei ki a koutou i tae tawhiti mai, i tae tata mai ki tō tātou wānaka, arā Kia Kūrapa. Ahakoa kā taero o Tūtekoropaka, kia kaha rā. Tūwhitia te hopo. Okea ururoatia.

Another successful Kia Kūrapa was held at Tuahiwi Marae on the weekend.

Kia Kūrapa are marae-based weekend reo learning opportunities for adults from an absolute beginners level right through to intermediate level learners.

Friday night started with pōwhiri and mihimihi to introduce the many whānau who had travelled from near and far to increase their te reo skills. Waiata-ā-rika was enjoyed by all, and helped to put us all at ease while still extending our learning.

Our Poureo for this Kia Kūrapa were Te Rau Winterburn, Karuna Thurlow, Corban Te Aika and Kare Tipa – all of whom presented the learning groups with an array of activities, games and lessons to each level, that were thoroughly enjoyed by all.

He raki mokopuna. Our tamariki were kept busy with our facilitators on the tamariki programme – laughing and playing in the fine but crisp winter weather. This year’s programme included an afternoon excursion to Kaiapoi Pā with our Ngāi Tūāhuriri guest speaker, Joseph Hullen, who provided us with a highly informative tour of the Pā and an insight into our Ngāi Tahu history of the area.

While our talented kaiako filled our kete mātauraka, our puku were satiated by the delectable food provided by Tania Wati and the rikawera team – he kai namunamuā. Wow, those noodle cakes and Southern cheese rolls. Student evaluations included comments such as “Challenging, yet inclusive and safe environment for learning” and “Really valuable – very rich learning experience” with almost everyone expressing the desire for longer hui and more.

KMK team are pleased to say that we have been busy planning our yearly calendar to increase the number of Kia Kūrapa around our Ngāi Tahu takiwā. We have anticipated running five over the next twelve months, so please keep an eye out on our Facebook page, website and future Te Pānui Rūnaka for more details. He mihi tēnei ki a koutou katoa i kaha tautoko mai i te hui nei. Mei kore ake i a koutou.

Kia Kūrapa ki Tuahiwi whānau 2016.

Kia Kūrapa ki Tuahiwi whānau 2016.

Tātou ki te whutupōro

Kotahi Mano Kāika and the Highlanders are celebrating 2016 Māori Language Week at the Highlanders vs. Chiefs game on Saturday 16 July in Ōtepoti/Dunedin. The theme will be ‘Te Reo Tautoko.’ Come along and join in the pre-game activities with other whānau who have a passion for te reo Māori. Learn some phrases for the game and get your face painted. Pre-registration is essential as there are limited seats available. Please contact Victoria Campbell to register. Email [email protected] or phone 0800 KAI TAHU.


“Te anu o Takurua” – The afflictions of winter. This saying can be used when it’s a cold day winters day, frosty or snowing. “Brrrggghhhh, te anu o Takurua”

“Kuhuna te kahu o Wehinuiomamao” – Wrap up warm for winter. When it’s cold out you can use this saying to remind the kids to dress warmly. “Kuhuna te kahu o Wehinuiomamao”

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