Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Te Wiki o Te Re Maaori

This video of a high school speech has gone viral over the last week.  Watch it and then answer the questions below.

Do you agree? Why/why not?
Why do you think this video has gone viral?
What are your suggestions for helping people who are not at school to learn the correct pronunciation of Maaori names and places correctly?

Write your answers in paragraph form in the comments below.


  1. I agree with Finnian completely. Maaori is this country's national language, and we should do whatever is takes to preserve it. If english is lost in NZ, so what? In so many other countries humans speak the national language of England, America, and many others. If Maaori is lost in New Zealand, Middle-Earth, Aotearoa, then our pillar, our culture and history will be lost with it. Like Finnian said, Australia had many different Aboriginal languages, but now only a few remain. Maaori is our language, the language, Te Reo.

  2. I agree with this video, as I know what it feels like to get my name pronounced incorrectly and I think it's also fair for people with Māori names that they are pronounced correctly.
    I think this video has gone viral because finally someone is expressing their opinions to the public and people have shared it to their friends who have shared it to their friends etc.
    My suggestions for helping people pronounce Māori is to learn a variety of different Māori words every day/week that cover the basic pronunciation of most Māori words, with english spelling if they need help, such as Taupo (Toe-Paw) Matamata (Mutter-Mutter)

  3. Do I agree?
    I do I have noticed that lots of people do get maori names of places pronounced wrong but I think most maori names are pronounced right. You just have to try I think and try not to worry about what your pears think about how you pronounce the names if you pronounce them correctly the hopefully it will catch on with your peers. I think the maori language should be taught at primary schools. When I was at primary I enjoyed learning Te Reo Maori but the teacher who was teaching it left halfway through my primary years so I didn't learn much. They are now teaching it again there and my brother and sister love it and always come home and share what they have learnt. I think Te Reo should be compulsory in primary schools.

    I think this video has gone viral because it is completely true and people have seen it and have thought I have got to show my friends. I think this video has a really powerful message that has really reached everyone.

    To help people who are home schooled with pronouncing names there are always internet videos that tell you how to pronounce names or you could go to the library and get out books or if you don't have internet there are sometimes computers at the library.

  4. I agree with this because people pronounce my last name (Keightley) all the time. I think it's time for New Zealanders to start appreciating their culture and endorse themselves in this language.

    I think this video has gone viral because someone has finally expressed their opinions about pronouncing Māori words incorrectly.

    My suggestions for helping people learn Māori is to try a learn lots of different words on cards, like they do to first years at school.

  5. I agree with this video. I have always tried to get out of learning Maaori language, singing waiata and joining kapa haka because I am of another ethnicity. Now I realise the importance of preserving Maaori language.

    This video has gone viral because it makes you think and realise that what the speaker communicating to us is important for the future of New Zealand. The speaker has done a good job at presenting kapiti college's ideas, and the video content is simple but has a dynamic effect.

    If you aren't at school and want to learn Te Reo, I want recommend going on a device and watching Toku Reo, we watched podcasts of it last year and it is great for beginners at learning Te Reo Maaori. Unless you can get someone who is fluent in Te Reo Maaori to teach you, it would be best to go online and learn words on a Maaori website.

  6. I totally agree with Finnian. It is the worst to have your name said incorrectly, so why do we not even bother to say any of the Maori words or names right? I think this video would have gone viral because so many people are watching it and then sharing it with their friends saying that 'it is so true', but will they actually try to pronounce any Maori words right? Probably not!

    I say that in primary schools there should be a regular learing of Te Reo Maori each week to improve everyone's pronounciation. I think that everyone else should at least try a little bit to learn some more words/phrases and actually say them properly.

    I think that it is very unfair to all those people with Maori names that don't get full respect because no one says thier names properly because 'it's Maori' and 'I don't know how to speak Maori'.

    - Chloe

  7. I completely agree with him, I have a Maaori middle name ( Ngaroma ) that was given to my mother by her Grandfather before it was passed to me and when people pronounce it incorrectly it takes away the whole meaning of it.
    I spent a night in a Marae with many fluent speaking elders and hearing them speak so confidently and correctly was really cool to hear.

    I think that this video has gone viral because it is an important speech that many New Zealanders can relate to. I have seen many people look confused when someone pronounces a Maaori word wrong because if you say a Maaori word incorrectly it can change the dictionary definition of that word.

    Some suggestions for helping with Maaori pronunciation are:
    - Learn the correct sounds of the Maaori vowels
    - Learn what letters are not in the Maaori dictionary
    - Watch Youtube videos on how to say simple things like place names and objects
    - Learn Maaori Waiata (songs)

    Maybe we could all write a Mihi in class?

  8. I agree and disagree with some of his points, yes we do need to pronounce places right because the way you are saying it could mean a completely different word. But maybe people don't know how to correctly pronounce the names, so they just say the way they have always known, and they were grown up with it being pronounced that way. Only this year did I realise Taupo was pronounced toe paw because of the poster in the media room. I do understand the part about people just not trying because I never really tried to figure out how to pronounce it correctly it was just the way I had always known.

    This video has gone viral over some social media site because people are agreeing with him and are spreading the word so they will get behind him as well.

    A way to help people pronounce names correctly that isn't at school would be to
    -If you see a name and you have heard many different meaning find a video where they tell you how to correctly pronounce it.
    -If you have any Maori language learning you will know that some letters and sounds aren't used, so if you are saying a place name with that sound or letter in it it's probably incorrect pronunciation.


  9. I disagree because I think that we should be able to learn whatever language we want as there is a whole world out there. And new Zealand is only a small part of it so learning maori won't help you to travel the world. It certainly won't help you to get to japan where all the cool tech is at. I think that this video has gone viral because it has a strong message and probably can convince many people to say at least kia ora. Nothings wrong with that. Yes pronouncing names is hard in maori but that's because where english and like he said, only 4% of new zealand would be able to pronounce it as well as most others can pronounce it in english.

  10. I think this is amazing. Not only do I agree with every single point he has stated, but I'm sure he has changed a lot of opinions all over New Zealand. I think that it is so empowering how a young, Pakeha boy has taken act on such a topic, and I'm sure a lot of Maori people all over New Zealand feel very humbled by him doing so. It's very impressive how he delivered his speech, because not only did he give a very strong message, but he had very strong back up points also, followed by a solution to the problem. A lot of people all over New Zealand will feel the same way as him, and will be very excited to see this speech being delivered. I think that younger people delivering such messages draws more attention. I believe that we need to make sure that Maori place names and nouns are planted all over New Zealand, to make sure that we at least aware of those words.

  11. Do I agree?
    I do, I think this video is bringing up something that has been here for a while. We've been pretending the problem was not there, but it has been incresing and is now impossible to ignore, our national language is fading and we're helping it fade. It is important that we recognise it so that a change can be made. He brought it up that Maaori needs to be taught at primary schools I think this is a very good idea I think Maaori should be taught at all New Zealand schools as if we let it fade anymore from here we may not have and one to be the teachers.

    Why do I tink this video has gone viral?
    I think it's gone viral because its true and people are trying to make a change for the better. We've finally noticed the problem and people want to spread it so the change can be made everywhere in New Zealand.

    What are your suggestions for helping people who are not at school to learn the correct pronunciation of Maaori names places correctly?
    My suggestion would be to go online and look for some websites to help you. You could also ask your principle about getting someone to help teach Maaori at your school.

  12. Wow, that speech really was powerful. I agree that the Maori language is really important to preserve our culture. If we let go of our indigenous language our country will lose something that brings out who we are. I also have noticed the wrong pronunciation, especially Tauranga and Taupo. I agree with what he was saying, that people are to afraid to try, they want to be like the others. I, myself have been known to say some words wrong but I agree with him, trying is everything.

    I think this video has gone viral because it brings us back to reality. We may hide behind the covers and say our country is perfect and has lots of culture but in fact if we lose our language we lose our culture. It went viral because people agree with his points of view, we are losing our language.

    I think we should have the names of the places around but underneath them we should have them spelt the way they sound so they will be able to pronounce the names correctly e.g Taupo-Toepaw.

    Overall I agree with his views and we should definitely follow them as they could help us preserve our culture.

  13. I completely agree with this video. It is unacceptable that other kids my age expect their names to pronounced correctly but don't even try pronouncing Maori names right. I think that we all need to be trying just that little bit harder. Is it embarrassing to pronounce a Maori wrong, well for me if I pronounce a Maori word wrong it is embarrassing but at least I'm trying. I know what it feels like to feel shy and not feeling like you can do anything or say anything wright. There is a way to stop feeling that way, you just have to pay attention in class and ask for help. And asking for help is a step forward and it shows that you respect our indigenous culture. But no-one does, no-one is brave enough to ask for help. Those who do ask I admire. We as a country just need to try harder.

    This video has gone viral because he's telling the truth. I think that when people watch this they do feel like they're not trying hard enough and they feel like he's telling the truth. It has gone viral because I watched I felt like I needed to show other people this. He's shown just how the situation is and he's not laying it down smooth.

    Hop onto a language learning site and try your hardest to learn some new things. I agree that maybe teachers do need to try a little bit harder to improve our Maori language.


  14. Hi Mrs Hoog,
    Wow, talk about a powerful speech!

    Do I agree?
    I think anyone who didn't would look a bit odd. He's right this is our culture and when it's gone there is no bringing it back. I think an hour of learning Maaori each day would be a great. It would force our culture into our knowledge. Children find learning easier so if we were going to make this compulsory we would we would need to start with the children in order to make the future generation more knowledgable about this language.

    Why has it gone viral?
    I think one of the main reasons is that our countries youth is realising this problem. Our elder know but now children are aware now so we have to do something. I congratulate the guy who presented the speech it was powerful and the message was delivered well.

    My suggestions for people who are not at school but want to learn Maaori are:
    Keep trying. There should be websites that you can go onto and learn Maaori. I think parts of the News at night should be in Maaori. There should be english sub headings so we understand what they are saying but this would help us to pick it up quicker.

    In my opinion our country is going in the wrong direction. All this fuss about making our country more known by the flag and spending so much money on something a lot of New Zealanders aren't going to benefit from when really we should be concentrating on other ways of enforcing our culture like learning the language. Does it really take a genius to work out when we need to stop, look at life and make a change?


  15. I mostly agree with him, but we don't always have to learn a language to respect it. Not learning international languages doesn't mean that you don't respect their culture and heritage, but learning a language, especially if it's the country your living in, can help you respect it, and yes we need to learn it. We need to learn maori, to preserve it, but saying "Speaking maori words incorrectly is disrespecting the culture" is just going to make them afraid to even try. Slowly teaching basics and perfecting the words will then give them a better understanding of maori pronunciations and will then help them learn harder words faster, but learning maori words can't help them. Sentence structure is just as important if not more than pronunciations, sentence structure is what helps them make use of words, words alone can't do anything.

    The road to the preservation of the maori language is long and we need to start now !

  16. I very much agree, some people don't make an effort to pronounce names correctly and usely shorten the name if it is 'to hard' but others try. Maori language is dieing.I don't know why this video has gone viral maybe because it is about a current issue that effect us all in someway. I agree that Maori sould be tought to use in primary and it is also fun to do kapa haka. Also maybe a Maori challange sould be issued to all the schools in New Zealand with a phrase that they have to learn or a Maori pronounce off...... I can see why Mrs Hogg put this on her blog it relates to the Centarl idea; Expressions of creativity can lead to change. This is an expression of creativity and I think it will lead to change.

  17. This was a well presented speech, with valid and well thought out points. I definitely can see where he is coming from. I know that I actually find it quite hard to pronounce Maori words, as the different sounds don't come naturally. I think that with some people it's more about finding it hard to pronounce it, rather than just not being bothered.
    I think he is definitely right, New Zealand should be proud of it's official language, and I think the solutions he presented were good and could work. What I'm unsure about is whether people in Primary School would be that much more enthustiastic than any other age group. I think it depends on your up bringing. If you get told from an early age that Maori is and imortant language that needs to continue being learnt and preserved, then I think there would be more success. But, as I spent the first eight years of my life in England, I had know idea about any of this, and by the time we moved, I think I was too used to speaking English, so the sounds are not natural for me.

    I think this post went viral because it connects to people. People can recognise the problem, and feel strongly about it, because they might have past experienceswith mispronounciations of their name. Also, we all live in New Zealand, all know about the Maori language, but might not know that the knowledge is dying out. I think when people find out about it, they are shocked, and want to do something about it, so they share the video with others, to spread the knowledge.

    At Primary school, my Te Reo teacher gave us some tips for pronounciation. She said to pronounce the "R"s as a soft "D". As in, when you say "Kia ora" you would say the "r" on "ora" with an extremely soft "D". This really helped me when I tried to pronounce things.

    I think this speech was a really good idea to do, and is definitely improtant ti New Zealands heritage.

  18. I agree on this.I think that this is like the debate on the flag, we are sweeping away our culture to make way for things that have absolutly no meaning to this country. The language is truly dissapearing, and people are doing nothing about it. It does not have to be a main language, but it at least needs to be kept.

    I think this video has gone viral because of a few reasons.
    1. It has been made by someone young of age, making more people pay attention to it.
    2. It is well presented, and the words in white signify the main parts.
    3. He presents this very expressivly, he seems to be very passionate about this subject.

    I do not have any sugestions, as I do not know much about effecent learning, but I agree that we need to know 150 words before we leave primary.

  19. Do I agree, to some of the points made, yes, i think we should be trying to pronounce Maaori names correctly, but I'm not sure you can expect everyone to make an effort, it's just not going to happen, too many people are unable to make an effort to log onto a google drive worksheet after school, why would the same people bother to learn a language that's not going to help them much, if at all. So I think we need to try, but once again, I suspect 150 words is somewhat ambitious, as people won't be bothered. So yes, I do agree, just not with the whole message and it's opinions.

    I think this video has gone viral because it's a highschool student with a 'cool' hairstyle trying to tackle an issue no-one yet could care less about. Sorry for being blunt. However, that said, there may be a few people who shared the clip on it's content, but, I doubt that it went viral just because of the message.

    Suggestions, I think the best way to learn new words is to introduce them into the classroom slowly, e.g. one per week, start with pens, then rulers, then books, all easy words, and have students learning that way, contrary to how we've been taught in class, where we would be given a half block of 1:32 class learning, I don't think this is the most robust, lasting method.


  20. I agree with his speech because all the points he lists are in my mind right, and I think we all should try to pronounce Māori words correctly because as he said in his speech, its an act of respect.
    I think this speech had gone viral because it is a different kind of issue and people have thought that "Hey, he's right, I should tell other people about this."
    I like his suggestion of having primary schools teach an hour of Te Reo each week, and to have children knowing at least 150 Māori words by the time that they finish primary, so they are able to have basic conversations. But I think that it should be more than an hour a week.
    I think that this speech has turned a lot of heads, and it is good that he has the confidence to express his worries about this issue.

  21. I agree in some of his points. The Māori culture should be kept standing, but why should I have to learn Māori if I don't speak it on a daily basis? if I have to be demanded to learn Māori just because you don't like the way I say it would a little to demanding for people and it will just make people angry.

    I think the video has gone viral because of the boys age and compassion for Māori language. People find things different more interesting. A year 11 trying to convince New Zealand to do something that many people would find hard is brave and that kind of stuff gets shared.

    I think it would be more effective if instead of using time to teach Māori words, use an amount of words. For example, instead of spending an hour a week, learn 10 or more words a week and have maybe a teacher review the class if it was at a school.

    1. See? Even I can't speak english right! (I have grammar mistakes in the first paragraph)

  22. I agree with Finnian. If people pronounced my name wrong I'd be upset, especially if they kept doing it even though I corrected them. I think this says a lot about the person who doesn't pronounce the name right, it comes across like they don't care enough or just aren't bothered. Lazy.

    This video has gone viral because it has such a powerful message in it and most people can relate to it. We know this is a problem because many of us have unique names, but no one has thought to do anything about it, until Finnian came along. I think people were inspired by this video and shared it to raise awareness.

    If you don't have Maori lessons at school, something you might be able to do is, put yourself in an environment where people speak Maori and learn by listening. Or you could ask someone you know who speaks Maori to teach you a few words each day.

  23. I do agree with this video it has a powerful meaning and many people are neglecting this issue for no reason other than their own laziness. Although sometimes the reason for mispronouncing words is that some of us have never heard any other way of saying them. Our parents and elders are pronouncing them wrong and that teaches us the wrong way of saying them. It is for this reason that I think our teachers and parents should learn how to pronounce everything correctly so that the wrong way of saying things isn't drilled into kids heads.

    I think this video has gone viral because it is powerful and we know that its a problem but one or even ten people cant fix this problem on their own so people are sharing it to raise awareness.

    Maybe search on google or youtube to find the correct pronunciations if you are sceptical about it. Or alternately ask someone else about it to make sure of it.

  24. Yes I do agree with his speech because he's got many points to back him up, it is important to keep the roots of your tradition and culture.
    Māori is a very important part of our past because it could have huge impact in the future if we remember it.
    On the other hand, how many situation will we need Māori for?
    I think we should be learning Māori to keep the tradition going and to be a fierce country.
    When we go over seas, people expect us to know Māori and the haka, just like we expect British to have a cup of tea at all times.

    I think this video went viral because it has a purpose, because it inspires us to keep the Māori tradition going, he makes an effort to reach the point across the audience that is what gets people clicking share.
    When people are bored they stumble upon videos like this and it inspires them to get up and start learning new things.
    He has expression and thats what makes it look like he really is trying to change and make Māori a popular language again.

    My suggestion for helping people to learn Te reo Māori is to go to the Māori dictionary and learn from there.
    Also why not print out some cards with Māori in them.
    There are many ways to learn Māori either by going online or by going to a teacher and asking them for help.


  25. I agree very strongly to this speech, mainly because of the simple fact that he ellaborates on. The fact that many Pākehā don't even try or make very little effort to pronounce anything in Te Reo correctly. I also agree because he raises the issue of unawareness to how important culture is and how irreplacable it is.
    I'm not sure but as a guess, I would have to say it's because he's talking about a well know issue. Not just an issue for New Zealand but for any other country with native languages having to battle with other languages being brought in. This is an issue that if you actually look for it, you'll find that alot of people are aware of and are either helping or hindering the rehibilitation of the original culture or native languages of a country.
    Quite simply, if you encounter a word they don't know then try to say it correctly. Even if you get it wrong, it's better to make a mistake then never even try. They could look into it online, visit websites with interactive games or videos. Turn on the tv and go to the Maori channel, they often show Spongebob or Simpsons with a Maori dub over it. You may not understand it all but it could help with learning how to way specific words, even if you just pick up on the greetings.

  26. I completely agree with what he is saying. Our country will lose its point of difference as we are the only country that have Māori people. I don't know that many Māori words and wouldn't be able to have a conversation, but I think its important that we can have a conversation in our native language. Every body needs to have lessons on how to properly pronounce Māori names and words so then we aren't offending anyone. I think a lot of people get really annoyed when their names aren't pronounced right yet we pronounce so many Māori words wrong.

    I think this video has gone viral because people are intrigued that he has put himself out their to say that we are losing our language. A lot of people have probably thought about this at some time, but haven't bothered to do anything about it where he obviously finds this a problem and has done something about it. I think this has gone viral because people are thinking "Wow we are really losing our language, heritage, culture and uniqueness.

    I think if you are wanting to learn Māori, but aren't at school then people should make videos explaining how to pronounce them properly their may already be videos, but some people may want to make more so then their are a variety of videos to learn from.


  27. I totally agree with this as it is just rude and disrespectful to all maaori people.It's our countries culture and we need to embrace that. I think that this video has gone viral because it is inspirational to do something something different about learning te reo maaori. It probably also went viral because it was on facebook and then people shared it with others. I think it's a good idea to teach maaori at a young age but it would also be good to teach a little bit at kindergarten and to some more complicated teaching at intermediate. they could also have maaori as one of the language classes at high school as well.

  28. Hunter:
    I definitely agree with Finnian. I think that he has a really good point that it is really disrespectful to not at least give correctly pronouncing Maori names and other words a go. We need to preserve our amazing culture for all the many years to come. It could also become a really bad problem if we lost all meaning because we would not be able to understand the treaty of waitangi, and that would just extend the problems we have with Maori opinions about the fairness of the treaty.

    I think that this video has gone viral because it has a really deep and concerning point, and people these days like seeing that type of thing, so it is just in the trend. That will be why most people will be watching the video, but some people will just be watching it because it has good meaning, and those people will not be interested in any other video that is in trend, just this one. i would say that lots of other schools have watched it as well, so that would push the views up quite a bit.

    If you are not at school and want to learn, I would suggest that we start/continue to build larger databases of Te Reo, and then take that information and put it into a really fun, convenient and easy way to learn Te Reo. I think that the best way to do this would be in video form, because these days people are more likely to watch a video than read a whole article.

  29. I think that it is vital that people pick up on Te Rao maaori so that the language and culture don't die down. We need to start becoming more aware of maaori because it is part of our country and it is unfair if we don't do anything about it. If we leave it and don't make a difference by attempting to pronounce the words right, the generations way after us wont know it. It will be forgotten. I fully agree that the maaori language should be attempted by more people.

    I think that this video has gone viral because it is important and interesting. People who share this video are making people aware of the situation and the people who see it share it again. Because of people spreading the word, the problem is getting recognised and hopefully worked on. Even if you aren't interested, by sharing the video the people who do care can make a difference.

    I think that people should start attempting to speak the language even if they can't pronounce it correctly that way it's being learnt. I also think that the few people who can speak it should speak it more around those who can't pronounce the words. If the people who can pronounce the words correctly started to do things where other people can pick up on the sounds. I think that his ideas are really good and that the people who enforce schooling laws should at least consider his points.

    In primary school we were sometime taught Te Rao but almost all of the teachers mispronounced the words causing the majority of the students to do so to.


  30. I agree with this post. I have lived in Ireland for 5 and a half years. So it’s hard for me to learn Maori. But I will put in an effort when we start to learn more Maori.

    I think this video has gone viral because it’s an important issue. People don’t put in enough effort to learn Maori.

    I think people should be introduced to the Maori language at a younger age so when they go to school they can learn Maori easily.


  31. I agree with Finnian that most people in New Zealand need to put more effort into pronouncing maori words and if they don't know how to pronounce them, they should try and learn some of the basic words. I kind of disagree that the people who have moved here from other countries should be able to speak it as well because they could've just moved here and haven't had time like if you went to a different country you're not going to be able to speak their language straight away. But the people who have been here for a year or more should be able to, it might be harder for them to learn since they may be hearing them pronounce wrong and they don't know how to say it properly so they think that's how you say it.

    I think this video went viral because other people think that it's a problem as well and they want to do something about it. Another reason is that it hits close to home and they feel kind of bad since they've mispronounced some maori words in their time in New Zealand.

    Some suggestions for people who aren't at school to learn Te Reo maori is to go onto google translate and set it to english to maori and get it to say to you. Another is to learn the alphabet sounds and what vowels together sound like, so it's easier to learn the language.

  32. Hello Mrs Hogg, I really enjoyed reading this post. I think that it was interesting to watch and read and provided a problem to solve.

    Do you agree?/ What are some ways to fix this issue?
    Yes, I do. I personally think it is true that Kiwi children aren't getting the sort of cultural education they need. To many little kids are going to grow up not knowing or respecting our native language. It is a disgrace to new Zealand and it's people that so little of us are actually involved in some thing so close to our hearts, and it's not just the children. Adults are right up there with them. I've heard my parents make excuses such as I wasn't taught at school or I just haven't had time. But adults sit there on social media and watching the news on TV, when they could be doing 5 minutes of homework to brush up on their Maaori. It is our duty as a nation to make a difference and so why aren't we already doing it. Just take a little more effort next time you say a Maaori name and that will be getting us one step closer to becoming more in touch with Maaori.

    Why do you think this video has gone viral?
    I could be the demand for new and interesting news stories, or the fact that things spread over social media like a wild fire in Aussie. Everyone wants a problem to solve now and again and here is an easy solution to a big problem. Just what we want.

    I think this post is very inspirational and can't wait to see the comments that follow.