Te Puni Kokiri

Language preference: Māori English

Language preference: Māori English

Haere mai,
Nau mai

Haere mai Nau mai

Te Puni Kōkiri means a group moving forward together. As the name implies, we seek to harness the collective talents of Māori to produce a stronger New Zealand.

Support for Māori housing initiatives

The Māori Housing Network has been set up to provide information, advice and practical support for whānau, hapū and iwi initiatives, to improve and develop whānau housing. 

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Foster Te Reo Māori with parents

Researcher Kahurangi Maxwell says parents that are well-informed about the benefits of bilingualism will not be influenced by uninformed opinions.

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Kōkiri – Takurua 2015

In this issue of Kōkiri we look back and forward to events and people who have made their mark across three important and related areas – te Reo Māori, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and citizenship.

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Key events

Taranaki Puanga Festival

  • Date: 29 October 2015 to 31 October 2015
  • Location: Waitara War Memorial Memorial, Waitara War Memorial Memorial PL, WAITARA 4320, Taranaki

Celebrate our unique and inclusive Taranaki culture at the annual Puanga Festival. A real whānau atmosphere within a competitive realm of kapa haka, idols, Te Reo, sports, art and more.

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All Our Sons

  • Date: 05 November 2015 to 14 November 2015
  • Location: Circa Theatre, 1 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington

Taki Rua and Circa Theatre are proud to present All Our Sons. This new play by Witi Ihimaera commemorates 100 years of the Native Contingent and Pioneer Battalion.

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2016 Mataatua Kawenga Kākahu - Wearable Fashion Show

  • Date: 06 March 2016
  • Location: Mataatua, Te Manuka Tutahi, 105 Muriwai Drive, Whakatane

Mataatua Wearable Fashion Show 2016

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Importance of te reo revitalisation highlighted

At her inaugural lecture held at Victoria’s Te Herenga Waka Marae, Professor Higgins’ described the current position of te reo in New Zealand as ‘static’

Only one in five Māori can speak te reo’ are the kind of statistics that highlight the danger of the language being lost, says Victoria University of Wellington’s Professor Rawinia Higgins.

At her inaugural lecture held at Victoria’s Te Herenga Waka Marae, Professor Higgins’ described the current position of te reo in New Zealand as ‘static’.


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Māori Language Act 1987

The Māori language is known as te reo Māori or simply te reo (the language). It is the language of the Māori people of New Zealand. Te reo Māori is an official language in New Zealand, along with English and New Zealand Sign Language. It was made official in 1987.

This clip from Te Karere highlights the passing of the Maori Language Act 1987. The item notes that there were three main parts of the act: to make te reo Māori an official language, to allow te reo to be used in legal proceedings and to establish the Māori Language Commission (Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori) to advocate for te reo. Minister for Māori Affairs Koro Wetere notes that the chiefly language from the ancestors, te reo Māori, has had its mana recognised with New Zealand.

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Ko taku iwi tuaroa tena

My backbone is sacred; do not dare to touch it!