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Te Toka (Rock)

Rock is the foundation of this whenua (land). It is solidarity, weight, and kaha (strength). It grounds us and provides us whakamarumaru (shelter). Without rock Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland would be a lot flatter, and Mt Smart would be hūmārie kē atu (quieter) on a Saturday night.

A korao no New Zealand

A korao no New Zealand was the first book printed in te reo Māori. It was written by Thomas Kendall, who learned te reo from Tuai of Ngāre Raumati.

Early 19th century Māori literacy

With the arrival of British missionaries, Māori quickly learned to read and write in order to learn about Christianity and European technology.