• 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Venue: Zoom

Hosts: Te Aka Wāhine o Tāmaki Auckland GWN

Cost: FREE

Registrations: Eventbrite; Password: Te Reo


Te Aka Wāhine o Tāmaki Auckland GWN is excited to partner with Hemi Kelly to bring you this te reo Māori workshop.

Te wiki o Te Reo Māori was a huge success this year with a record number of people signing up to take part in a Māori language moment on the 14th of September. It's great to see so many New Zealanders coming together to protect this unique language and culture.

In this one hour tutorial Hēmi will teach you everyday te reo Māori which you can start to use immediately. You'll learn pronunciation, greetings, farewells, instructions, and how to introduce yourself in different settings. Hēmi will also speak about tikanga (cultural practices) that are observed in those different settings. The workshop will be interactive, informative and a lot of fun.

About the instructor

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 a number of organisations, including his iwi.

In 2017, Hēmi translated Witi Ihimaera’s novella Sleeps Standing, and he published his first book A Māori Word a Day in 2018. In 2019, Hēmi published his first creative writing piece in English in Pūrākau, a collection of Māori myths retold by Māori writers and his second book A Māori Word a Day in 2020.

To find out more about Hemi, check out his TedX Auckland talk.

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