E whakarewa ana Te Wānanga o Aotearoa i te Mahuru Māori, he hiringa reo Māori e wero ana i ngā tāngata i te pāohopori huri noa te ao ki te kōrero Māori mō te rā, mō te wiki, mō te katoa rānei o te marama o Mahuru
He kaupapa te Mahuru Māori i kōkiritia e te Poutiaki Reo o Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, e Paraone Gloyne i te tau 2014 ki te whakatairanga i te kōrerotia o te reo Māori i ngā mahi o te ia rā.
“Mā Mahuru Māori koe e whakaputa i tō taiwhanga hāneanea. He whakamātautau hoki i a koe ki te kōrero Māori āhakoa ki whea, ahakoa he aha hoki te kaupapa kei roto nā koe”
I tēnei tau kua whakaurua te kaupapa nei ki te rautaki reo a TWoA, a Reo Ora, ā, ka whakarewangia ā te Rātū te 30 o Hereturikōkā ki Pukamata me Tīhau, heoi anō, ka tīmatangia te wero pāohopori ā te Rāpare te 1 o Mahuru.
“He wero te Mahuru Māori e aro ana ki te hunga e hiahia ana ki te koke, me te whakapakari i tō rātou āheinga ki te kōrero Māori, e aro ana ki ērā e horopū ana ki tō rātou reo, rā atu, rā mai, ko ērā hoki e hiahia ana ki te whakamātautau i tō rātou reo i te roanga o te rā, te wiki, te wiki rānei” tā Paraone.
E toru ngā taumata mā te hunga e hiahia ana ki te whai i te kaupapa o Mahuru Māori.
Mā te hunga ū ki te reo mō te kotahi rā ia wiki, kō atu rānei i te kotahi rā, mō te marama o Mahuru, te taumata tuatahi.
Mā te hunga ū ki te reo mō te kotahi wiki i te marama o Mahuru te taumata tuarua.
Mā ngā kaiuru ū ki te reo mō te katoa o te marama o Mahuru te taumata tuatoru.
Ka riro i ia tangata ka uru mai ki te kaupapa nei ētehi rauemi hei whakarite i a rātou nō te aranga ake o ngā taero ka kōrero Māori ana i ngā taiao kōrero Māori, taiao reo Māori kore hoki.
I whakatītinahia e Paraone te iwi ki te uru atu ki te Mahuru Māori, ki te tautoko hoki i ērā ka uru atu.
“Mehemea e whakapono ana tātou ka ora te reo mā te kōrerotia, tēnā, kōrerotia. Mehemea i whakataungia e ia kaikōrero matatau o Aotearoa ki te kōrero Māori mō te marama, ka rangona te mana o te reo.”
E tautoko ana Te Taiurungi Tākuta Jim Mather i te kaupapa o Mahuru Māori, ā, e whakatenatena ana i ngā kaimahi 1,500 me ngā tauira 32,000 kia uru ki te kaupapa. Māna hoki te mānuka hei kawe, ā, ka kōrero Māori mō te kotahi rā ia wiki o Mahuru.
Mō ētehi mōhiohio anō, whakapā atu ki a James Ihaka te Pou Tauwhitiwhiti o Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.
Te Wānanga o Aotearoa is launching Mahuru Māori, a Māori language initiative that will challenge people on social media around the world to speak Māori for a day, a week, or for the entire month of September.
Mahuru Māori is an initiative pioneered by Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Poutiaki Reo Paraone Gloyne in 2014 to promote the speaking of te Reo Maori in our daily lives.
“Mahuru Māori takes you out of your comfort zone. It’s a test to speak te Reo Māori wherever you are and in whatever situation you find yourself.”
This year the initiative has been incorporated into the Māori language strategy of TWoA, Reo Ora and will be launched on Tuesday August 30 on Facebook and Twitter, however the social media challenge will commence on Thursday, September 1.
“Mahuru Māori is a challenge that focusses on those who want to progress, and strengthen their ability to speak Māori, it concentrates on those who are resolute with their language, day in, day out, those who wish to test their language for the duration of a day, a week or the month,” says Paraone.
There are three levels for those who want to take participate in the Mahuru Māori initiative.
Level one is for those who commit to speaking Māori for one day a week for the month of Mahuru (September) or more than one day.
Level two is for those who undertake to speak Māori for a week of Mahuru (September).
Level three is for participants who commit to speaking Māori for the entire month of Mahuru (September).
Each person who participates in this initiative via Facebook will receive resources that will prepare participants for the challenges that arise when speaking Māori in both a Māori and a non-Māori speaking environment.
Paraone encouraged people to participate in Mahuru Māori and for others to support those who do.
“If we believe the Māori language will survive through it being spoken, then, by all means, speak it. If every capable speaker in New Zealand decided to speak Māori for the month, the mana of the language would be felt.”
Te Wānanga o Aotearoa CEO Dr Jim Mather is supportive of the Mahuru Māori initiative and encouraged the organisation’s 1,500 staff and 32,000 students to participate. He will also be personally taking up the challenge and speaking Māori at least one day per week of September.
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