Ao Māori: Te wiki o te reo Māori

A guide to resources relating to the world of Māori including Treaty of Waitangi

Te wiki o te reo Māori - 1 -30 Mahuru 2020 (September)

7 Mahuru 2020

Ara is celebrating the te reo Māori throughout the month of September. Take up the Mahuru Māori challenge to see, hear and speak te reo Māori no matter what level you are at and join us to be one in a million a in a special event taking place at 12pm on Monday 14 September. A Māori Language Moment is an invitation to celebrate te reo for a moment.  What will be your moment and who will you share it with?  

This month is a great time to learn a little bit more, and to use a little bit more.  

To get started:

  • Check out MyAra app and browse Mahuru Māori and check out some great resources.
  • Register for Mahuru Māori for both the supportive community and learning resources.

Kia kaha te reo

Take the #hono challenge and learn your pepeha

Pepeha is a formal structured way of introducing yourself within the Māori world by locating yourself according to important landmarks and the people you descend from.  Researching your own landmarks and descent profile so that you can develop your own profile. In order to foster whakawhanaungatanga – building connections.


In celebration of our language and our Ara values

       Hono - Connect

       Hihiri - Inspire

       Aroha – Respect


The challenge is to

- Learn your pepeha

Record your pepeha

Share your pepeha


Tuhi - Prepare your pepeha


Use these downloadable resources to get started on your pepeha.

#HonoChallenge pepeha template
#HonoChallenge pepeha cheatsheet

You can also click here for the Pepeha app to help you.

And gain further inspiration from Mariam and Hinemoa in the following videos.


Mariam Arif is a student with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and teaches us how to do a mihi and pepeha for Non-Māori. She is learning te reo Māori and demonstrates not only a pepeha (2.43 mins) but starts with a greeting and finishes with a whakatauki (proverb)


Hinemoa Elder explains ‘How to structure your pepeha’ in preparation for meetings with key stakeholders. (2.44 mins)


There is even a pepeha app. Find out about it in this 1 minute You Tube video called #PepehaChallenge

Past events at Ara

Te Wiki o te reo Maori

Ara revives Māori sport in Canterbury

11 Sep 2018 : Kī-ō-rahi, the traditional Māori ball sport, is a growing force in Canterbury (Waitaha) with most secondary schools involved, and its regional revival can be attributed to Ara Institute of Canterbury.

Te wiki o te re Maori

Te reo - sweating the small stuff

08 Sep 2017 : Between 11 – 15 September, students can experience Te Reo in unconventional settings, with introductory language sessions happening in the context of a fitness circuit session, a community quiz with University of Canterbury, a movie night, performing arts workshops and a game of touch rugby.