Speaker: Hēmi Kelly, Lecturer of te reo Māori at Auckland University of Technology

Host: Te Aka Wāhine o Tāmaki Auckland GWN

Venue: Online

Date: 12 November 2020

Attendance: approx. 35

Auckland GWN Te Aka Wāhine o Tāmaki was pleased to host Hēmi Kelly who presented his online te reo Maōri workshop.

Hēmi Kelly (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Tahu–Ngāti Whāoa) is a full-time lecturer in te reo Māori at the Auckland University of Technology. His academic research and writing focuses on the revitalisation of the Māori language and translation studies. Hēmi is a licensed translator and graduate of Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo (The Institute of Excellence in the Māori Language). He is involved in Māori language planning and revitalisation initiatives in several organisations, including his iwi.

Hēmi’s relaxed and interactive workshop style put the group immediately at ease as we began with the pronunciation of the Māori vowels and place names in Aotearoa. This was followed by some useful questions and phrases to use when first meeting someone. His presentation was very easy to follow, and it was lovely to hear all the voices when we turned our microphones on and practised together. We were then paired up into break out rooms to meet our fellow work-shoppers and use what we had learnt.

We had huge interest in this workshop, if you were unable to attend on the day or missed out on registering you can view Hēmi’s presentation file. You can also find Hēmi on his podcast ‘Everyday Māori’ which you can find on Apple Podcasts, Instagram and Facebook. Hēmi has published two books A Māori Word a Day and A Māori Phrase a Day.

Attendee feedback

"It was very valuable, ngā mihi."

"Kia ora, this was great."

"Another really good event!"

"Ka pai, looking forward to the next one."

"Thanks for your time and for organizing this great session, much appreciated."

"Very professional!"

"Hēmi was really really good at pitching it right and engaging. Thanks."

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