Title: Mai i te kākano

Author: Hēni Jacob

Iwi: Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Porou

Description: First published in 2012 by Te Tākupu, Te Wānanga o Raukawa, this book aims to help Māori language speakers and learners sustain more animated, in depth conversations in Māori. It gives examples of alternative and fun ways to say things in everyday situations. Included are sections on Māori idiom and metaphor, common errors, useful phrases and examples of language in use in a variety of settings, including the home, at the supermarket, at the beach and on the sports field. This book is in entirely in te reo Māori (with a few key words translated as footnotes).

At the time of the rising and setting of Matariki, where Matariki, the mother, and her six daughters support their kuia Papatūānuku to get ready for the new year, it is a good time to be reflective and prepare ourselves also. For those of us who have been disconnected from our reo, and for those of us who want to help revive reo Māori, Mai i Te Kākano is an ideal read for this time of reflection and preparation. It will allow the seed of Te Reo planted within us to flourish over the new year.

Materials:  Soft cover



Hēni Jacob

Te Tākupu

Te Wānanga o Raukawa is a tikanga Māori tertiary education provider based in Ōtaki, Aotearoa, New Zealand. Hailed at the time as the ‘smallest university in the world’ Te Wānanga o Raukawa was established by the Raukawa Marae Trustees in 1981 with only two students. A special and unique place of learning, Te Wānanga o Raukawa has become recognised over the last 30 years as an opportunity for all to learn within a tikanga Māori community under the principles of the iwi development strategy, Whakatupuranga Rua Mano: Generation 2000.


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