“We need you! You keep the language alive and help those of us who don’t speak it, to become involved. You reach across our entire community at Whakatane. Kia kaha!”

“He tou tiirairaka aku tamariki (me he tamariki waawaahi tahaa) engari mo te hotaka ki te whare pukapuka o Kirikiriroa i te tau nei… tau ana raaua te noho ki te whakarongo ki taa koutou whakaaturanga. Hoki mai ki te kaainga pahupahu ai mo te pai o ngaa korero me ngaa wheako i rangona i taua rangi. Mo te kaupapa e taea ana te whakatau aku pepe… kaore he kaupapa tua atu i teeraa.”

“The korero and purakau is authentic to our students. It makes their learning relevant.  The students were engaged and it was a positive way of reinforcing who they are.  Awesome from beginning to end.”

“It is so good to hear our stories in the very best of te Reo Maori and to exemplar the quality of reo hei tauira ki a tatou tamariki.”

“A tena koutou nga kaiwhakahaere o Te Reo Wainene o Tua mo tenei ra hirahira. A tena hoki koe e te matua a Tamati Waaka nau kee te rangatira i korero mai ki a matou te Wharekura o Te Kura Kaupapa o Wairarapa ki o matauranga reo me o korero tuku iho a tena koe mo enei o nga korero kua korerotia e koe i tenei ra, a, mo te atua a Tangaroa a Poutuu heke iho ki a te tipua a Ruatepupuke. A me nga mahi a Kupe ki te Wheke a Muturangi. A ko tenei te wa tuatahi kua rongoa-a kupu ahau i nga korero a Ruatepupuke me tana whanau. A kei whakamutua i taku korero, He tino miharo koutou, no rera Pai-aa.”

“I really enjoyed the day. It was a great space and I hope the National Library can be used again in future. It is not often that they get Kohanga and Kura through the doors. It was also nice to hear Te Reo spoken everywhere as the norm as there is far too little of it in the wider community! I really enjoyed attending and hope to be back again next year.”

“Tino miharo I nga waiata ka hono ki te purakau otira mo nga kupu hou, ka
tahi nei ka whakarite ko te ahuaatanga o te here haere I nga kaupapa
whiringa nga kupu rereke me nga kupu hou ka whangai atu ki te purakau.”

“I enjoyed the workshop, and learned a lot from it. It was especially good having Te Ahukaramu Charles Royal there explaining his mahi, knowledge and understanding of this kaupapa, and I learnt from Joe’s experience too. Te Ahukaramu was one of my ‘heroes’ as a young man delving into Māoritanga and seeking to understand concepts mai ngā rā o mua, so it was great to meet him and have his input many years later. I found the exercise of making up a story and telling it a bit of a challenge, but it was a good wero and you learnt from other people; what worked well and what didn’t as we took turns. All good for a new storyteller such as myself.”