Waiata – Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

Whāngahia te Reo

Tātou ka waiata!

E koekoe te tūī, e ketekete te kākā, e kūkū te kererū.

The tūī chatters, the parrot gabbles, the wood pigeon coos (it takes all sorts…)

Having just completed a whistle-stop tour of 5 libraries with Ngā Manu Tioriori (Council waiata group) today as part of celebrating Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori, it is apt to write about waiata me te Reo Māori.

Ngā Manu Tioriori / Christchurch City Council's Waiata Group
Ngā Manu Tioriori / Christchurch City Council’s Waiata Group at Linwood Library, Wednesday 29 July 2015. Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori. Flickr 2015-07-29-IMG_7431

One very effective way to enhance learning of a language is by singing! Te Ao Māori is full of glorious waiata for all sorts of occasions – from whakapapa retention, understanding the world around us, celebrations and learning. Language transmission is enhanced and embedded with the use of music, rythmn, and repetition.

Ngā Kete Wānanga o Ōtautahi has a large collection of Te Reo Maori waiata and songs for tamariki  in te Reo Maori  for you to explore.

Web sites such as Waiata mai and Maori Television allow for visual interpretation as well, with kupu often visible  –  just like karaoke! Get your tamariki and moko to find some and have a whānau competition. Waiata on You Tube will keep you busy for ages.

With artists such as Ariana Tikao and Maisey Rika producing beautiful waiata and stunning video we have such wonderful oppurtunities to listen to te Reo Māori sung with aroha.

What is your favourite te Reo Māori waiata? Kōrerorero mai.

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