June 25, 2021, 3:17 p.m.
School kids in Te Hiku o Te Ika are set to have their teachers, administrators, coaches and grounds staff confidently using te reo Māori and tikanga Māori with the launch of a new wānanga-based initiative. Following successful pilot programs around the country, 'Te Hiku Okoro' is part of the nation-wide roll out of Te Ahu o Te Reo Māori, a $108 million dollar initiative funded by the Ministry of Education. It also supports the dreams of Te Hiku kaumātua who hoped that the next generation would hear, learn and speak te reo o te kāinga (language of home). Okoro is the local word for maramataka or Māori lunar calendar, hinting at the localised learning participants can expect during their wānanga. Based on a te reo Māori competency framework Ngā Taumata o Te Ahu o te Reo Māori, learning focuses on the use of local dialect; practice of reo use for a classroom setting; grammar and writing conventions; curriculum development; and language planning for the classroom. Watch the video above to learn more about Te Hiku Okoro. Visit their website to express interest in the program: https://www.tehikuokoro.co.nz/