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Te Reo Māori

Te Tari Māori – Māori Department.

Tēnā karawhiti mai tātou katoa, Te Tari Māori are involved in many kaupapa at Ōtaki College. We are committed to developing knowledge of te reo Māori and the teaching and learning of Ngāti Raukawa, Te Ati Awa and Ngāti Toa Rangatira tikanga and the kawa The school kapa haka groups, are other arms of the department that we have been trying to grow and develop over the past 4 years. It is hopeful that in the not too distant future we will be able to incorporate Ki-ō-Rahi as well (a Māori ball game). 

Each year we endeavour to visit local marae with our staff to assist them to make connections with the marae and the families from the college. Students who pursue Level 1, 2, and 3 NCEA Te Reo Māori or Te Reo Rangatira are encouraged to participate in the regional Ngā Manu Kōrero speech competition. This helps them to develop their speaking skills and usage of Te Reo Māori in a formal setting.

As part of their learning the students attend the Rā Haka, Ngā Manu Kōrero regional speech competition and the Regional Kapa Haka competition. If we are successful at gaining a representative placing for the National competitions, then we make every endeavor to travel to those competitions to support our speakers or Kapa Haka group, Ōtaki Te Rāhui Kura, which is inclusive of Te Kura ā Iwi o Whakatupuranga Rua Mano, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rito and Ōtaki College students.

Throughout the year, Te Tari Māori and students willingly participate in pōwhiri, whakatau and other events. These events give our students opportunities to learn tikanga and kawa in context. The learning is rich and meaningful. Nō reira, mauri tū, mauri ora.


Mrs Maharata Nikora-Davis - Qualifications: 
  • Post Graduate Diploma of Teaching- PTW
  • Bachelor of Education- B. Ed
  • Dip Māori Studies- DipMS