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Whakarauora Reo

Language Revitalisation

“It only takes one generation to lose a language but at least three to bring it back”


For 44 years Te Ataarangi has been at the forefront of Māori Language Revitalisation.

Our language revitalisation initiatives focus on:

  • Working to support the Māori language being spoken naturally between generations in the home and community
  • Growing the numbers of people who speak te reo
  • Building speaker communities i.e bringing groups with a shared interest together to speak te reo
  • Accommodating local and regional language differences

What can you do to ensure the survival of te reo Māori?

  • Find a class that will help to develop your speaking ability
  • Return what you learn to the home and use it amongst all members of your whānau, especially children and mokopuna
  • Choose to use te reo Māori in everyday conversations, even a few words or phrases
  • Come together with others who speak te reo to increase your confidence e.g. coffee catch up, kapa haka, sports etc
  • Understand the importance of why we need to revitalise te reo Māori

How can you help increase the use of te reo Māori in the home?

  • It is very important that children see value in the language being spoken i.e they hear you use it often with them and others
  • Set goals for your whānau and plan how to achieve them (start small and build on that)
  • Choose times (during breakfast), places (in the car going to school) or context (sports group) in which to use te reo
  • Strengthen and use your reo with more confidence in a range of activities and situations
  • Learn pūrākau, history and waiata of your region

Currently Delivering

Kotahi Kapua

Te Ataarangi tutor training wānanga being delivered in Te Kāhui Maunga, Tainui and Te Tairāwhiti in 2023.

Te Ata Raukura

A kaupapa being delivered by Te Ataarangi for kaimahi and whānau of Te Kōhanga Reo. In 2023 it is being delivered in Aotea, Tainui and Te Ūpoko o te ika.

Te Ahu o te reo Māori

Ministry of Education programme delivered by Te Ataarangi with Te Rūnanga nui o ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori and Te Rito Maioha.


Te Ataarangi (Tainui)

Te Whānau Skipper

Te Ataarangi (Waiariki)

Te Whānau Walker

Te Ataarangi (Ūpoko o te Ika)

Te Whānau Winterburn



Over the years Te Ataarangi has participated in and led research projects that help to develop their understanding about past practices but also look at ways in how to grow and expand the kaupapa. Below are links to a number of research projects, theses and reports.

Te Mātāwai

Ministry of Education

Te Puni Kōkiri
Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori


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