Te Reo Wainene o Tua (The Sweet Story of Yester-year) is an innovative and exciting Te Reo Māori language event and “storytelling” kaupapa that brings together a collective of high profile Te Reo Māori advocates and parents.  Our roopu deliver captivating and relevant stories about our history in 100% Te Reo Māori, to the tamariki and rangatahi of Aotearoa.  In essence, Te Reo Wainene o Tua (TRWOT) is an anthology of pan-tribal stories that we present orally in a traditional storytelling method to our tamariki and the wider community.

Our storytellers include: Scotty & Stacey Morrison, Joe Harawira, Tamati Waaka & Piripi Taylor.

Piripi @Waitakere City Library 2013

Piripi @Waitakere City Library 2013

TRWOT was formed in 2010 and is currently undergoing a transition to charitable trust status. This entirely reflects our commitment to maintaining the kaupapa as an ongoing entity that we hope will benefit future generations in Aotearoa.

Our trustees are Scotty Morrison, Joe Harawira, Lee Timutimu and Hollie Tawhiao.

As a collective, we identified the requirement for a quality Te Reo Māori storytelling kaupapa for our tamariki and rangatahi. More importantly, we realize that with the passing of our kaumātua, sadly many of our ancestral stories pass with them.

We believe TRWOT directly contributes to the maintenance and retention of historical and cultural information through the medium of storytelling. It is our desire to maintain this traditional art form via multiple platforms both analogue and digital.

Our next event:

In 2013 we successfully delivered our first storytelling event in association with Tāmaki Libraries in Auckland.  We now look forward to delivering our next storytelling event in Wellington, at the prestigious National Library of NZ from Weds 26th to Sat 29th November 2014. On each day of the event, we will be delivering morning sessions from 9am to 12 midday.

This event is proudly funded by Mā Te Reo & Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori.

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We’re also excited to announce that we will be holding our first ever Maori storytellers workshop on the final day of the event – Sat 29th November from 9am to 3pm.  This workshop will be facilitated by our Lead Storyteller, Joe Harawira.

We are extending an invitation to all to attend our event. We’d be pleased to have you join us for one of our daily morning sessions, or perhaps the Saturday workshop, or both. There is no cost or entry fee to attend, but you must register to secure your place.


To register: simply click on the “RSVP” link above, or, click here.