Te reo Māori is a critical part of the learning environment in Māori-medium education. There is a clear commitment from kōhanga, kura, kaiako, kaimahi, whānau, hapū and iwi to the revitalisation and resurgence of te reo Māori me ngā tikanga Māori. Intergenerational transmission of te reo Māori me ngā tikanga Māori is valued and kura view kaumātua and whānau as key agents of Mana Reo.
Environments where te reo Māori is consistently spoken and heard are made a priority in Māori-medium sites. Māori-medium education understand the processes of how languages are acquired and privileges te reo Māori in all learning environments – including the local communities, sports arenas and on national and international trips.
Iwi dialect (as relevant to location) includes the use of waiata, mōteatea, karakia, whakataukī and whakatauākī as normal tenets of language. In addition, the wairua (spirituality) of the language is acknowledged through expressions such as reo aroha and reo manaaki.
In this video, filmed with leaders, kaiako and founders of the Māori-medium movement, we hear about the importance of immersion learning in supporting Māori learners to enjoy and achieve success as Māori.
"The word we live in is seen through a Māori lens, it's not a matter of te reo Māori being one on its own, but how it is is conducted in customs, school and the marae."
Trist Reweti, Kaiako, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rito
WATCH: Te Kura Huanui: Te Reo Rangatira (In te reo Māori with English captions)