Beginner's Guide To Learning Te Reo Māori

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Educational Prints and Resources

Educational Prints and Resources

Parāoa Parai: Best Fry Bread Recipe

A fail-proof recipe that guarantees crispy, golden-brown exteriors and fluffy interiors 🤤
Maori Fried Bread on a plate with butter and golden syrup

Maimoa (verb): to cherish, take care of.

Maimoa Creative is a Māori-owned brand based in Tauranga that is passionate about promoting the Māori language and culture through unique designs, products and resources. Our aim is to help normalise the use of te reo Māori in everyday life, empower tangata whenua to be proud of their māoritanga, and support learners on their journey.

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playing reo maori word game wooden tiles
playing reo maori word game wooden tiles
ShereeProduct Review
'Pakiaka' Game

I bought this as a Christmas gift for whānau and they absolutely loved it! Such a fun (& competitive 😉) way to strengthen te reo Māori at home or on holiday❣️

MorganProduct Review
'Hā ki roto' Art Print

Got this for my friends house warming gift, it is ataahua and you can tell it is made with aroha. Great quality and it arrived perfectly in the mail. Will be back for myself and other whānau gifts!

StarzProduct Review

Parāoa Parai Tea Towel

Too beautiful to use!! Will be framing it, and hopefully passing on this awesome recipe for years and generations to come. Absolutely love your mahi.

SamProduct Review

Custom Print

The print arrived!! Even more awesome in person!! Thank you so much - girlfriend is going to absolutely love it!

HuataProduct Review

Kāri Māori

Tēnā koutou - absolutely love the kari Māori - the designs are amazing and the finish is top quality

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Welcome to the fundamental elements of te reo Māori. If you're new to this language, understanding its alphabet and sounds is an essential starting point. This guide deciphers the Māori alphabet, encompassing vowels, consonants, digraphs, diphthongs, macrons, dialectal differences, and pronunciation tips. Mastering these components is the first stride toward confidently embracing te reo Māori.

In a world shaped by modern medicine, the resurgence of Māori birthing practices reflects cultural resilience. Māori midwife Tawera Trinder delves into ancient tikanga and mātauranga Māori, sharing practices that honour pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum journeys. From tapu to whānau and whakapapa, discover their roles in welcoming new life. Addressing colonial impacts, she unveils patriarchal practices and institutionalised racism. Through empowering wānanga, Tawera ensures ancestral wisdom enriches positive, holistic experiences for parents, pēpi, and whānau.

Discover how we embraced te reo Māori for our adorable Japanese Spitz, Toka, right from day one, the power of persistence in nurturing a bilingual family, and how teaching our furry friend Māori commands defied expectations and misconceptions. Explore our guide of basic phrases to help you on your own language journey with your beloved canine companion, and access our illustrated digital download print-out of the most common te reo Māori dog commands.
Discover the dos and don'ts of gifting teachers with our honest guide as shared by teachers themselves. Unveil the 5 least favourite teacher gifts, from generic mugs to expired chocolates, then explore the 5 best teacher gifts, including personalised presents, vouchers, and heartwarming messages. Finding the ideal gift for your child's teacher shouldn't be a daunting task, and we're here to ensure you'll find the perfect way to express your gratitude.

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