The opportunity to share our language and culture with the world, particularly with whānau living away from Aotearoa, has been one of our goals as an organisation, since our inception. We are excited to finally to bring this dream to life through Whiua ki te Ao – Te Reo Māori Global.
We are all in some way connected with whānau and people from Aotearoa, now based overseas, who yearn for a chance to reconnect with Te Ao Māori. As we move more towards global citizenship, it is now more important than ever to ensure that our language and culture does not get left behind, and is instead promoted in ways for people to access no matter where they are in the world.
Accordingly, Whiua ki te Ao – Te Reo Māori Global, is a means for whānau and people of all fluency levels to access high quality te reo Māori and tikanga Māori learning opportunities and experiences overseas. Our aim is to open up the world to some of the best teachers and experts of te reo Māori, through online training programmes and events, as well as digital resources and face-to-face wānanga.
Whiua ki te Ao is a name taken from the well-known Māori waiata ‘Whakarongo’, by Ngoi Pēwhairangi. In her words:
Whiua ki te ao
Whiua ki te rangi
Whiua ki ngā iwi katoa
Share it (the language)
Unto the skies, with the world
If you are based overseas and would like to know more about Whiua ki te Ao – Te Reo Māori Global, please contact TupuOra HERE