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He Waka Kōrero

6 week online wānanga 

Te reo Māori language planning for whānau 

with tamariki under 3 years old

Registration for term 4 is now open

Term 4 dates

For whānau living in Ōpōtiki or who are from Whakatōhea - Classes will run from 8th November - 13 December.

Forl all other whānau - 17 October to 28 November: Tuesday class  - 9.45am - 11am

About He Waka Kōrero

He Waka Kōrero is a 6 week online wānanga where you develop a te reo Māori language plan for your whānau that supports language development of pēpi and young tamariki under the age of three years. 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

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. We will also kōrero about:

  • Week 1: Whanaungatanga, mana and tapu, reo Māori aspirstions

  • Week 2: Waka navigation for reo planning, how and when our babies learn language

  • Week 3: Creating reo Māori language domains

  • Week 4: Waiata

  • Week 5: Pūrākau, kōrero tuku iho

  • Week 6: Pukapuka

  • Week 7: Share back your reo plan for your whānau

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.

What do I need to join?

You don't need to be fluent or well versed in tikanga Māori to join these wānanga. What you will need is a desire or excitement to grow te reo Māori in your whānau. 

You will also need to attend wānanga over zoom on Tuesday or Wednesday morning from 9.45am till 11am. We don't currently have an evening class, so you will need to be available in the morning. 

Ko wai mātou?

The wānanga is developed and facilitated by Hana Tuwhare (Ngāpuhi), a Community Activator for Talking Matters. Hana combines her knowledge of second language learning, te reo Māori and speech-language therapy skills to share a kaupapa that supports whānau to grow reo in the kāinga.

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.

Find out more

If you want to know more, please email


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