Paulette Tamati-Elliffe


Ngāi Tahu rangatahi feel the wairua

The recent success of the Kotahi Mano Wawata Rakatahi Symposium reveals the rising number of culturally competent rangatahi who are hungry for forums to celebrate and connect with their Ngāi Tahutanga. To have over 100 rangatahi contributing In bilingual workshops marks a significant milestone for Kotahi Mano Kāika, which ran the symposium in Ōtautahi from…

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Ngāi Tahu winners in te reo awards

Paulette Tamati-Elliffe, and Komene Cassidy have won the highest community award at the 2015 Ngā Tohu Reo Māori Awards, held in Napier in the weekend. Ngā Tohu Reo Māori is an annual Māori language award event held to celebrate excellence and long term commitment to te reo Māori from across Aotearoa New Zealand. Paulette (Kāi…

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Kā Manukura O Te Reo
A Force of Nature

“The only way our language will survive is by normalising it in everyday life. If you won’t let me speak to you in Māori in the supermarket, you are never going to normalise it, and when your kids want to learn Māori, they are going to have to learn from me because you can’t and I don’t have time for that.”

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Stories were waiting to be told

This is a big day for Bubba Thompson (Waitaha, Kāti Mamoe, Kāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa) from Te Rau Aroha Marae. Today he will present four story books to the school children. The books tell stories which are also told in the whakairo at the marae. Stories of Ngāi Tahu tūpuna unique to this area.

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