A Māori Word a DayHēmi Kelly
The ongoing resurgence of te reo Māori went global with the 2017 release of the reo-Māori version of Disney’s Moana. It isn’t uncommon today to hear everyday greetings, farewells and introductions in Māori used on mainstream television and radio and this year the Government made a commitment to integrate te reo Māori into every ECE, primary and intermediate school by 2025.
It has been 30 years since te reo Māori was declared an official language of New Zealand, and now we are enjoying the peak of the renaissance with more and more New Zealanders embracing, learning and using our indigenous language.
A Māori Word a Day offers an easy, instant and motivating entry into te reo Māori. Through its 365 Māori words, you will learn the following:
- Definitions and word types
- Fun facts and background information
- Sample sentences, in both te reo Māori and English
Exploring the most common and contemporary words in use today, A Māori Word a Day is the perfect way to kickstart your reo journey!
An incredibly simple, fun and practical Māori dictionary for all New Zealanders.
About Hēmi Kelly
Hēmi Kelly is of Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāti Tahu-Ngāti Whāoa descent. He is a full-time lecturer in te reo Māori at the Auckland University of Technology.
Alongside the Māori language, Hēmi has a passion for waiata composition, writing, translation and Māori visual and performing arts.
Hēmi is a licensed translator and a graduate of Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo, the Institute of Excellence in the Māori Language.
In 2017, Hēmi translated Witi Ihimaera’s novella in Sleeps Standing. A Māori Word a Day is his first book.
Published1 February 2018
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