Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

11 September 2017


CE Jim Green

He aha te mea nui?

He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.

(What is the most important thing of all?

It is people, people, people)

My command of Te Reo Māori is very low however I have made a commitment to using as much as I can this week and to extend my usage long after the week has ended. That is why I included this whakataūki (saying) at the start of my column this week.

If we do believe that tangata (people) are the most important thing of all then we need to show we respect them and provide the means by which they can flourish. By people I mean those who we provide care for at Hauora Tairāwhiti, and ourselves as employees of Hauora Tairāwhiti.

One essential part of our identity is the language we use and for Māori there is a renaissance of the language that is going from strength to strength. If you listen to what you hear and see what is written you will find that in many ways, right from our own organisation’s name for instance or the place we live.

Respecting others means we use familiar language to make people feel at ease. It of course increases our own ease so that as an organisation we need to ensure staff also feel supported to korero (speak) Māori more frequently and with confidence.

That is why I am pleased we are raising the profile of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori this year and not letting that profile end on Sunday. From the article below you will be able to get a ready and quick way to increase the kupu (words) you use. Please take this opportunity and in making your effort I know this will be reciprocated and amplified by others.

We will all experience whakarangatira (enrichment) and in doing so add to the āwhina (caring) and aroha (compassion) we provide though kotahitanga (togetherness).


Pai tō wiki.


Hemi (Jim)