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Te Wahapu: Launch Yourself Into Te Reo Maori

By | Copyright Year:2012 | ISBN-13: 9780170185714

Te Wahapü is the second book in this comprehensive, enjoyable and easily understandable self-tuition course for Maori language. Te Rere o te Reo offers an up-to-date bilingual approach to mastering te reo Mäori, designed for learners of all backgrounds in today’s world.

As notable Mäori language advocate Piripi Walker says in his foreword: ‘Te Wahapü, like Te Hikuwai before it, 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.’

The books offer a reference text, workbook and audio resource all in one. They are 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 Wahapü along with Te Hikuwai form at least two-thirds 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.


Te Wähanga Tuatahi | Section 1
1 Talking about the day, now, and times before
2 Being particular with ‘tëtahi’ and ‘ëtahi’
3 Talking about numbers of people
4 Three or more of ‘us’, ‘you’, and ‘them’
5 Saying what is and what is not happening
6 Days of the week and the date
He hoki whakamuri 1

Te Wähanga Tuarua | Section 2
7 Talking about likes and dislikes
8 Using ‘kua’ to talk about the past and present
9 Talking about ‘your’, ‘our’ and ‘their’ with plural pronouns
10 Commands and cautions
11 Using verbs to give commands
12 Talking about the time
He hoki whakamuri 2

Te Wähanga Tuatoru | Section 3
13 Talking about months and looking to the future
14 More ways to talk about future and past actions
15 More ways to talk about belonging and doing
16 Ways to talk about ‘for’, ‘about’ and wants
17 Money and prices
He hoki whakamuri 3

Te Wähanga Tuawhä | Section 4
18 Talking about having and not having
19 Saying what something is not
20 Making comparisons
21 Talking about when something will happen
22 Referring to something mentioned before
23 Asking and saying when something happened
He hoki whakamuri 4

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.


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