Te Kupu o Te Wiki – Ātaahua (beautiful)

Kia ora. To encourage the use of Te Reo Māori we are publishing weekly kupu (words) and phrases that can be used with children.

Whakataukī

Ki te kahore he whakakitenga ka ngaro te iwi.
Without foresight or vision the people will be lost.

Said by Kingi Tawhiao Potatau te Wherowhero, to show the urgency of unification and strong Māori leadership.

Kīwaha (idiom)

Wehi nā
Oh my goodness

Kupu (word)

ātaahua
beautiful

Tō ātaahua hoki! 
You’re so beautiful!

Whāngahia te Reo

 

Every Doctor must have his day

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Calling all time lords, cybermen, daleks, and time/space travelling companions!

Central Library Peterborough is hosting a Doctor Who themed event on Saturday the 15th of August, free for all humans and other species to attend.

Cosplay as your favourite character and be in to win prizes for best dressed! There’ll also be colouring in, puzzles, Doctor Who books and DVDs to borrow, and from 2.30 – 3.00 we’ll be holding a quiz to test you on your Doctor Who trivia. If you get the answers correct then you’ll win a prize, and if you’re unlucky there might be the possibility of trying some fish fingers and custard à la the Eleventh Doctor! Who could turn that down?

Doctor Who display
If you aren’t able to attend Doctor Who Day, don’t despair — we’re holding a Create Your Own Sonic Screwdriver competition which finishes on the 20th of September (more details TBA).

And there’s always the plethora of Doctor Who fiction, fan guides, DVDs, e-books and comics available at your local library all year round.

Cover of Doctor Who The Eleventh Doctor. Vol. 1, After LifeCover of Doctor Who A History of the Universe in 100 ObjectsCover of Doctor Who 11 doctors 11 storiesCover of Doctor Who Prisoner of the Daleks

Whaikōrero – Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – Rāhoroi

Whaikōrero – is an art form.
Kōrero Māori – is possible for all of us.

Te Aka defines whaikōrero as: Formal eloquent language using imagery, metaphor, whakataukī, pepeha, kupu whakaari, relevant whakapapa and references to tribal history is admired. Kōrero (as a verb) is defined as: to tell, say, speak, read, talk, address.

Cover for Manu rere i te rangi Cover for The Awakening Cover for Whaikōrero - the world of Māori Oratory

Ngā Kete Wānanga o Ōtautahi is the kaitiaki of our permanent Nga Pounamu Māori collection. Within these collections, taonga abound. Not only are some available in beautifully presented pukapuka but also through our Wheelers eBook platform. One available in both print and eBook format is Whaikorero: The World of Maori Oratory by Poia Rewi:

Winner of the 2011 NZSA E.H. McCormick Best First Book Award for Non-Fiction, New Zealand Post Book Awards.
The judges felt that Rewi’s book ‘managed the difficult feat of being both a valuable record and manual of Māori oratory for practitioners, and an accessible overview for anyone interested in this ubiquitous cultural practice.’

Whilst the ability to be an outstanding orator (in any language) is beyond many of us, to use Te Reo Māori everyday certainly is not.

On line Te Reo Māori ExhibitionWe can start by knowing and using Ngā Ingoa Māori – the names of places right here in Ōtautahi me Waitaha.

We can also explore the range of pukapuka me moheni published in te Reo Māori available at your local library.

I am a strong advocate of the use of children’s Te Reo Māori books to help my confidence with Kōrero Māori – the pictures often help with the kupu I do not know, ngā rerenga can be short and simple and often there is an English publication for when I get really stuck.

Kia whakatipua te kaipanui – growing readers

Try reading one with your tamariki, rangatahi or mokopuna – ka pai akoronga mo tātou.

Cover for Whakaeke i nga ngaru - Gavin BishopTry Short stories for teens and adults – ‘You only Live once”.
We have graphic novels and  purākau me pakiwaitara in te Reo Maori.

For those of you who like to browse a magazine or periodical, Mana and Te Karaka (online) contain plenty of te teo Māori and some very cool reading to immerse yourself in too.

Karawhiua! Give it a go. Kōreroreo mai

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.

Farty pants

Cover of Polar Bear's underwears  Cover of Vegetables in underwearCover of What colour are your knickers? Cover of Whose knickers? Cover of Dinosaurs love underpants Cover of Mrs Vickers' knickers Cover of Dr Grundy's undiesCover of A brief history of pants Cover of Poo bum Cover of Flush Cover of Fartiste Cover of I'm 9

If you like a bit of a giggle with your kids, here’s a couple of great subject headings that lead you down an amusing byway:

And of course … Captain Underpants!

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He is very popular at our house – we’ve just started on book two.

Happy rudey reading!

Te Kupu o Te Wiki – E te tau (darling)

Kia ora. To encourage the use of Te Reo Māori we are publishing weekly kupu (words) and phrases that can be used with children.

Kupu (word)

e te tau
darling

Haramai, e te tau!
Come here, my darling!

Whāngahia te Reo

 

We’ll remember you when we’re famous

We’re going to be on TV!

Or at least, some of the kids who took part in a stop motion animation session (part of our holiday programme) at South Learning Centre will be. This Sunday. On What Now.

So keep your eyes peeled. Here’s a sneak preview from our Flickr – photos of the What Now crew filming the other week.

What Now at South Library and Learning CentreWhat Now at South Library and Learning Centre
What Now at South Library and Learning CentreWhat Now at South Library and Learning Centre

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week 2015

The dates for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) this year are 27 Hōngongoi – 2 Here-turi-kōkā (27 July – 2 August) and this year the theme is –

“Whāngaihia ngā mātua, helping parents to pass te reo on to their tamariki”.

Christchurch City Libraries – Ngā Kete Wānanga o Ōtautahi will be celebrating Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori with a number of events throughout the week.

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori at The Library

Kia ora stickerDuring Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori regular storytimes sessions will include additional te reo Māori content. See our events calendar for a storytime session near you.

The Christchurch City Council Waiata Group, Ngā Manu Tioriori will perform at several libraries on Wednesday 29 July.

Try out the reo Māori option on our self checkout machines.

And don’t forget to pop into your local library and pick yourself up a Kia ora sticker or handy wallet-sized guide to te reo basics.

Resources for parents

The following resources offer suggestions for parents who want to introduce their children to Te Reo Māori.

Te Rerenga korero poster 2015
Download A2 Te rerenga kōrero o te wiki poster (PDF 2.3 MB)

Resources for kids

Download one of our colouring in pages [39KB PNG, 354KB PDF]

Matariki

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We’ve also made lists of modern classic picture books in Te Reo Māori and Māori stories for older children.

More Te Reo Māori learning resources

Links to a range of resources available to help with general te reo learning and pronunciation.

Te Reo Māori resources
A list of resources in our libraries and online for learning Te Reo Māori.
Te Reo Māori courses
Search CINCH for community courses in the greater Christchurch area.
Māori Language Week – Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori
Information from Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Māori, The Māori Language Commission.
Māori Language Week – Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori
A history of Māori Language Week – Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori from nzhistory.net.nz.
100 Māori words every New Zealander should know
This useful resource includes sound files of the words being read out from nzhistory.net.nz.

Remembering a wonderfully wacky Word Witch

Margaret Mahy 1936-2012

Three years ago today Margaret Mahy our favourite award winning author, writer, librarian, mother and grandmother died.

Take time to remember.

Read MM picture books – here’s a few to get started with …

Down the back of the chairBoom, Baby Boom BoomDashing DogBubble TroubleA Lion in the MeadowLeaf Magic

Young Adult reads

The changeoverKaitangata Twitch24 HoursThe Tricksters

Get to know MM

Margaret MahyMarvellous CodeNotes of a Bag LadyMy Mysterious World

Do what Margaret enjoyed – read, walk around the garden and have a sleep (apparently she could do this quite easily). Don’t walk down Cambridge Terrace though, or at least make sure your trousers stay up when you do.

Have a MM lunch – a salad sandwich made with wholemeal bread and cheese and tomato and lettuce and spring onions, and avocado and hard-boiled egg and anything else handy.

I’m going to remember Margaret by driving over the winding hill to Governors Bay and then wandering along the wiggly track at the bottom of the road. I won’t be alone. I’m taking a dashing dog, a bubble trouble baby, a gaggle of geese, a couple of mixed-up pirates, a librarian, a three legged cat, a boy with two shadows, a tin can band, a dragon, a lion and of course a witch.

Our procession will be one of nonstop nonsense, full of mischief and mayhem. A magical way to remember Margaret Mahy.

 

Meet Kids Book Award Finalists at Shirley Library

Are you a young writer who wants to improve your writing? Do you love to meet authors and hear how they write their books?  We’ve got two events coming up at Shirley Library just for you!

On Saturday 8 August Shirley Library will be hosting some of the wonderful authors who are finalists in this year’s New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Karen Healey is a finalist in the main book awards and both Desna Wallace and Natalie King are finalists in the Children’s Choice Award. There are two events for kids and teens that you can come along to for FREE:

  • Writing Workshop with Karen Healey, 10:30am-12:00pm, Saturday 8 August – Join Karen Healey, author of While We Run, for a young adult writing workshop. Recommended for ages 10+.
  • Fast Track Fiction, 5:00-6:00pm, Saturday 8 August – Join Karen Healey, Joanna Orwin, Desna Wallace and Natalie King as they unlock the secrets of their success as writers. Recommended for ages 10+.

You need to book for both of these events but they are free. To book phone 03-941-7923.

You might like to read the finalist books from these wonderful authors so check these out: