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Te Hikuwai: Launch Yourself Into Te Reo Maori

By | Copyright Year:2011 | ISBN-13: 9780170185516

At last – a comprehensive, enjoyable and easily understandable self-tuition course for Mäori language! Te Hikuwai is the first book in Te Rere o te Reo, a bilingual course in Te Reo Mäori for learners of all backgrounds.

As notable Mäori language advocate Piripi Walker says in his foreword: ‘Te Hikuwai provides all the steps you need for mastery of the first stages of speaking and writing idiomatic Mäori. It has been located within real-life activities of contemporary people, scenarios which imagine you using Mäori, in Mäori-speaking networks, in modern settings.’

Te Hikuwai offers a reference text, workbook and audio resource all in one. It is structured in units, each opening with a dialogue and followed by explanations of words, expressions and language patterns. Exercises and activities – with space for your answers – reinforce key points of learning at every step.

In the classroom Te Rere o te Reo (the flow of language) is a foundation course in three levels:
• Te Hikuwai (the stream)
• Te Wahapü (the river mouth)

Teachers will find that the course’s design for self-tuition enhances its classroom use with secondary students, as well as adult learners, launching into Mäori language.

Te Hikuwai forms at least one-third of a three-year basic course. The course overall will offer teachers and students all the resources they need for students to achieve NCEA Level 1 in the language.


Backing Yourself as a Language Learner
Guide to the Organisation and Layout
Te Wähanga Tuatahi | Section 1
1 Getting familiar with the sounds
2 Starting a conversation 1
3 Talking on the phone
4 Starting a conversation 2
5 Saying goodbye 1
6 Saying goodbye 2
He hoki whakamuri 1
7 Who is that?
8 What’s your name?
9 Talking about ‘this’ and ‘that’
10 More on asking and answering ‘who’ questions
11 Talking about ‘what’
He hoki whakamuri 2
Te Wähanga Tuarua | Section 2
12 Distinguishing between singular and plural
13 Asking and saying ‘how many’
14 Talking about ‘these’ and ‘those’
15 Talking about ‘of’ with family relationships
He hoki whakamuri 3
16 Simple commands and requests
17 Saying what’s happening
18 Asking and saying what someone is doing
19 Asking and saying ‘where’
He hoki whakamuri 4
Te Wähanga Tuatoru | Section 3
20 Asking and saying where people are from
21 More about actions with an object
He hoki whakamuri 5
22 Another way to talk about the present
23 Talking about people in twos
24 Talking about two people’s family relationships
25 Talking about all kinds of ‘belongings’
26 More ‘a’ and ‘o’ forms for talking about ‘belongings’
He hoki whakamuri 6
Te Wähanga Tuawhä | Section 4
27 Talking about position and direction
28 Describing and defining people and things
29 More kinds of descriptive sentences
30 Talking about people’s age
He hoki whakamuri 7
31 Talking about ‘where’ in the present and past
32 Talking about ‘where not’ in the present and past
33 Having and not having
He hoki whakamuri 8
He Kupu Whakamutunga In Conclusion
Answer Key
Mäori – English
English – Mäori


Ian Cormack (Ngäti Mamoe, Ngäi Tahu) draws on decades of experience as a teacher, writer, editor and translator of Mäori for the design of this series. As an adult he has also learned Greek, Italian, German, French, Mandarin and Russian, as well as Mäori. His own learning has put him totally in tune with the needs of other language learners. He is a Mäori Language Commission-qualified interpreter and translator of Mäori.