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Te Reo Online Wānanga Series

Te Reo Online Wānanga Series: Incorporating te reo and tikanga Māori into mediation practice

This series is delivered in collaboration with the Tūhono Māori Dispute Resolution Collective.

This is a four-week online, introductory course aimed at improving te reo Māori proficiency and cultural fluency within a mediation context.

The series will cover correct pronunciation of te reo Māori words (including personal pronouns), vowels, consonants, diphthongs as well as sentence structures, grammar and syntax, dialectal variations, mihi, karakia, pepeha and whakapapa. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. improve Māori language acquisition;
  2. improve pronunciation of Te Reo Māori;
  3. prepare participants for the ‘Aromatawai Reo’;
  4. improve proficiency in Te Reo Māori;
  5. learn practical tools to apply to mediation practice;
  6. gain an understanding of the practical application of tikanga, including karakia, mihi, whakatau/pōwhiri, pepeha and whakapapa, within a mediation context;
  7. gain an understanding of the Tūhono Māori mediation model.

Week 1 (20 October 2020):
The syntax of Te Reo Māori

  • Consonants & vowels
  • Adjacent whole syllables
  • Dialectal variations
  • Pronunciation and grammar

Week 2 (27 October 2020):
The lore of Te Reo Māori

  • Week 1 recap
  • Personal pronouns (place names, marae, names)
  • Language conventions

Week 3 (3 November 2020):
The functions of Te Reo Māori


  • Week 2 recap
  • Sentence structure
  • Mihi construction
  • Pepeha and whakapapa
  • Karakia
  • Practical application of tikanga (preparation for mock assessment) 

Week 4 (11 November 2020): ‘Aromatawai Reo’ Reo Assessment 
(aligned to Resolution Institute Tūhono mediator accreditation competencies)

  • Week 3 recap
  • Sentence structure
  • Practical exercises (mihi/karakia)
  • Tūhono and FDM reo competency mock assessment.

Online Wānanga Series: four, one and a half hour online workshops upskilling current practitioners via Zoom meetings. A maximum of 15 attendees are able to participate in the series. The trainer and the participants will all be able to see each other and interact online.

This is a basic, introductory course. For those seeking formal training and accreditation in Māori mediation practice, register for the Tūhono Māori mediation training courses. These training courses are open to those with any level of te reo and tikanga proficiency. For more information please follow the links below:

About the presenter

Max Matenga

Max Matenga is Managing Director of Kāteao Limited, a boutique consultancy firm specialising in Māori strategy, translation services and cultural capability, capacity and competency building.

Max is a native speaker of Te Reo Māori and has a background in the education sector.

Max is a graduate of the Kōhanga Reo and Kura Kaupapa Māori movements. He has taught in Māori Medium Education since 2010 and is an experienced composer, song-writer, Kapa Haka tutor and performer.

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