Toi tu te kupu, toi tu te mana, toi tu te whenua.

Rātū’s (Tuesday’s) whakatauki was spoken by Tinirau of Wanganui. It is a plead to hold fast to our culture, for without language, without mana (spirit), and without land, the essence of being a Māori would no longer exist, but be a skeleton which would not give justice to the full body of Māoritanga (Māoridom).

Kia oraKia ora, it is Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori and each day we will bring you a new word or phrase with some audio.

Rātū / Tūrei– Tuesday

Nau mai, haere mai ki Ngā Kete Wānanga o Ōtautahi.

Welcome to Christchurch City Libraries.


Some picks from our July picture books newsletter:

Cover of I love you baby Cover of Snoring Beauty Cover of This is a moose Cover of If I had a raptor

And to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – and year round – here is a new list of modern classic picture books in Te Reo.

Cover of Te Anuhe Tino Hiakai  Cover of Te Mihini iti kowhai Cover of Kei te kihini o te po Cover of Te Tanguruhau Cover of Hairy Maclary Cover of E Kuri kino koe Flash

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OverDrive our popular eBook and downloadable eAudiobook platform has reproduced! No longer do kids and teens have to trawl through bodice rippers and murder mysteries, instead they can go straight to a collection aimed purely at their level and interests. Each has their own attributes:

OverDrive for kidsOverDrive for Kids: Lots of princesses, ponies and pinkness, snot, trucks, and noise.

OverDrive for TeensOverDrive for Teens: The highs and lows of body image, relationships and the occasional supernatural romantic conflict, adventure, death, and grunting.

The wonderful thing about eBooks and eAudiobooks for kids and teens is that there are no fines. Digital files are unchewable and are impossible to lose under the couch or under the landfill that makes up a teenager’s bedroom. They are also somewhat more interactive than print so keep kids and teens reading while maintaining a semblance of “street” credibility.

Have a look today and see what you think. You can get back to the main OverDrive collection by hitting the Home button to the top left of the screen.

Ko taku reo, taku ohooho, ko taku reo taku mapihi mauria.

My language is my awakening, my language is the window to my soul.

Rāhina’s (Monday’s) whakataukī (proverb or saying) is closely associated with language revitalization, a struggle which is very important in maintaining culture.

Kia oraKia ora, it is Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori and each day we will bring you a new word or phrase with some audio.

Rāhina / Mane – Monday

Ata mārie – Good morning


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