Whakataukī for Rātū

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).

Rātū / Tūrei – Te kupu o te rā

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.


Picture books: picks from our latest newsletter and some ka rawe Māori titles

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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Have you read any of these books? If so, we’d love your feedback!

Kia ora – Māori eBooks in Wheelers

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