He Waka Kōrero

7 week online wānanga 

Te reo Māori language planning for whānau 

with pēpi and young tamariki

This term is full

Ka wani kē! We've been blown away by the response to this pānui. We've hit our maximum and need to pause registrations for this term. We will find ways to get everyone on the waka in the coming months. If you want to join future wananga, register your interest here:


Huitopa | Online zoom


9 May - 20 June  

Tuesdays 9.30 - 10.45am


Kore utu | Free

About He Waka Kōrero

He Waka Kōrero is a 7 week online wānanga where whānau develop a te reo Māori language plan that supports language development of pēpi and young tamariki. The wānanga weaves together mātauranga Māori, experiences and knowledge of whānau, the science around language in the early years and kōrero from Tūpuna Parenting.

This wānanga is for whānau who:

  • Have pēpi / tamariki under 3 years or are hapū

  • Are growing te reo Māori in their whānau

  • Want to be intentional in sharing te reo Māori with pēpi

Whānau will:

  • Develop a reo Māori plan using a waka navigation framework from our tūpuna

  • Explore how babies and tamariki learn language

  • Explore communication through mana and tapu

  • Connect with other whānau on a reo Māori haerenga

More information

While exploring mātauranga Māori, science and strategies of language learning in the early years, whānau will use a waka navigation framework to get a clear idea of who is in their waka reo, what their reo Māori destination is, and what will help them get there. Whānau will draw on what’s in their whakapapa to develop a reo Māori plan they can use with pēpi.

Whānau who have done the previous wānanga said they loved connecting with other whānau on a similar reo haerenga, having a space to share ideas about language learning in the kāinga, growing their connection with pēpi and having a Māori framework for reo Māori planning.

You don't need to be fluent or well versed in tikanga. All you need is a desire to grow te reo Māori with your pēpi and whānau. 

Ko wai mātou?

Talking Matters is a kaupapa building rich language environments for pēpi in the first 1000 days. We partner with whānau, communities, ECEs, and iwi to grow confident, competent and creative communicators who are strong in their culture and identity.

The Talking Matters kaupapa for whānau was originally developed alongside whānau and community workers who have diverse cultures and languages and were connected with the Glen Innes Family Center in Tāmaki Makaurau.

He Waka Kōrero was developed specifically for whānau who are growing te reo Māori and want to share their reo with pēpi. The name He Waka Kōrero was inspired by the Hautu Waka navigation framework which underpins the kaupapa.

He Waka Kōrero weaves together mātauranga Māori, experiences and knowledge of whānau, the science around language in the early years and kōrero from Tūpuna Parenting.

The wānanga will be facilitated by Hana Tuwhare (Ngāpuhi).

Find out more

If you want to know more, please email  hana.tuwhare@talkingmatters.org.nz


This product has been added to your cart