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Te Ataarangi is a language revitalisation movement committed to the survival of the Māori language. Developed by Dame Kāterina Te Heikōkō Mataira and Ngoingoi Pewhairangi its immersion language learning technique is modeled on Caleb Gattegno’s the Silent Way, using Cuisenaire rods and incorporating Māori values and customs. Te Ataarangi emerged from within the community and has developed over time to become one of the most effective Māori language learning methodologies in producing speakers of te reo Māori. Initially, Te Ataarangi sessions were delivered by native speakers of te reo Māori who were trained to become tutors.

Widely known for its immersion teaching methodology, Te Ataarangi has a wealth of experience in language revitalisation with its key focus being the five principles of language planning. These are:

  • Language learning
  • Status
  • Language use
  • Corpus and
  • Critical Awareness

These principles together help to build speaker communities whilst supporting the intergenerational transmission of te reo and regional dialects.

Its long-standing success can be contributed to an ability to transform lives and support people to reach their potential. Acknowledged in 2001 by the then Hon Tariana Tūria, Associate Minister of Māori Affairs who described Te Ataarangi (alongside others) as having particular characteristics that can be credited to their success.

Mahere Rautaki

Strategic Vision

Te Āpōpōtanga has been a key component of the Mahere Rautaki of Te Ataarangi Trust for the past four years and determines the future direction for the Trust. The Mahere Rautaki is grounded in the theoretical foundations of language revitalisation which are re-establishing self-priming speaker communities. The short to medium term goal is to build capacity and capability within all regions of Te Ataarangi which will increase the number of people across the nation (both on an individual and a community basis) who are contributing to one or more of the following:

  • Raising awareness of whakarauora reo
  • Engaging as reo champions
  • Developing language plans
  • Engaging with community immersion hubs and related activities in their community
  • Increasing the use of te reo within their whānau, especially intergenerationally
  • Engaging in kaiako training in their region
  • Engaging in increasing the status and corpus of te reo in their region
  • Contributing to the positive well-being and identity of their whānau

Ngā Manutea

Ngā kaitiaki i te Mauri o Te Ataarangi

Rahera Shortland

Manutea: Te Tai Tokerau
Rohe: Te Ataarangi ki Te Tai Tokerau

Mana Elizabeth Hunkin

Manutea: Te Wairoa, Te Tai Rāwhiti
Rohe: Te Ataarangi ki Te Tai Rāwhiti

Nganehu Turner

Manutea: Waikato, Maniapoto
Rohe: Te Ataarangi ki roto o Tainui

Te Ripowai Higgins

Rohe: Te Ataarangi ki Te-Ūpoko-o-te-Ika-a-Māui

Ngā Tarahiti o Te Rūnanga o Te Ataarangi

Ngā kairaranga i te Āpōpōtanga o Te Ataarangi

Anaru Rieper

Chairperson (Heamana): Ko Te Aupouri, Ngāti Kuri, Ngāti Hāua, Te Āti Haunui-a-Paparangi
Rohe: Te Ataarangi ki Te Tai Tokerau, Muriwhenua

Phillecity Ngarangione

Vice Chairperson (Heamana Tuarua): Te Tai Rāwhiti
Rohe: Te Ataarangi ki Te Wairoa, Te Ataarangi ki Te Tai Rāwhiti

Shane Graham

Trustee (Tarahiti): Te Tauihu o Te Waka-a-Māui
Rohe: Te Ataarangi ki Te Tauihu-o-Te-Waka-Māui

Rukuwai Daniel

Trustee (Tarahiti): Te Waiariki
Rohe: Te Ataarangi ki Te Waiariki

Okeroa Waitai

Trustee (Tarahiti): Ngāti Rora, Waikato, Maniapoto, Tainui waka
Rohe: Te Ataarangi ki Roto o Tainui

Hine McLetchie

Trustee (Tarahiti): Hokianga-nui-a-Kupe
Rohe: Te Ataarangi ki Te Tauihu-o-Te-Waka-a-Māui

Miriamai Barbour

Trustee (Tarahiti): Waikato, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui
Rohe: Te Ataarangi ki Te Waiariki

Te Pūtahi o Te Ataarangi

Office of Operations

Te Pūtahi o Te Ataarangi is the operations arm of the organisation that is responsible for managing and implementing the strategic vision of Te Ataarangi Trust.

Maureen Muller

Manutaki i Te Ataarangi: Te Tai Tokerau, Hokianga Whakapau Karakia
Rohe: Te Ataarangi ki Roto o Tainui

Kere Mitai

Kaiwhakahaere Matua: Ngāti Pikiao, Tūhourangi Ngāti Wāhiao, Te Whakatōhea, Ngāti Rangitihi
Rohe: Te Ataarangi ki Te Waiariki

Kahurangi Peke-King-Minnear

Kaiāwhina: Ngāti Hauaa, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Tamaterā, Ngāti Maru
Rohe: Te Ataarangi ki roto o Tainui

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