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

with Max Matenga, delivered in collaboration with the Tūhono Māori Dispute Resolution Collective

6.00 - 7.30PM | Online

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (NZ Time)
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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 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.

Kāteao Limited is a member of the Tūhono Māori Dispute Resolution Collective.

Timing: Please note this session runs from 6.00 - 7.30pm NZ time.

Technology required: Zoom application, PC/laptop/tablet/smartphone, Internet connection, sound/speakers or a headset and an in-built microphone.

Accessing the Online Wānanga Series

Online Workshops are run using Zoom as our online platform.

  • How do I access the Online Wānanga Series?

    You will receive the Zoom link in your registration confirmation email.

  • What do I need on my computer or device to take part in an Online Series?

    You will ideally need a computer or device with a camera and microphone and good Internet coverage. You will need to make sure that you can access ‘Zoom’ in your browser. You can download and install Zoom prior or as part of the process when you first click the Zoom link.

    System requirements

    You may join the Online Series from your PC, Mac, Linux or mobile devices (IOS or Android). Click here to learn about:

    • Supported operating systems, tablets and mobile devices
    • Supported browsers
    • Required device processor and RAM

    Internet connectivity

    • Join a Zoom test meeting to test your Internet connectivity.
    • Check here for recommended Internet bandwidth.


    • You will need speakers or headphones to listen to the speaker. Check that your headphones or speakers are connected and the volume is turned on (where applicable).
    • You may also need to check the Audio Settings on Zoom once you have logged in.
  • How can I access technical support?




    • Resolution Institute Sydney office : +61 2 9251 3366 (Landline) | 1800 651 650 (Freecall)
    • Resolution Institute Wellington office: +64 4 470 0110 (Landline) | 0800 453 237 (Freecall)

    Zoom Help Centre

    If you require urgent assistance and are unable to reach the Resolution Institute office, please contact Zoom Help Centre and choose Free or Pro plan subscribers - Chat Live to begin the chat session. You will be required to provide the event’s Webinar ID that’s on your confirmation email. Zoom chat support is available 24/7.