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About us

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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.

Ngoingoi Pewhairangi

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Dame Kāterina Te Heikōkō Mataira

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 Plan

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.

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Ngā Manutea

Our esteemed Manutea are our remaining connection to the early days of Te Ataarangi. With their unwavering dedication, these kuia continue to support and advise in various kaupapa within Te Ataarangi whānui.

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Te Rūnanga o Te Ataarangi

Te Ataarangi Trust Board Members

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Te Pūtahi o Te Ataarangi

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.

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