12 - 18 Mahuru (September) 2022


Hei tēnei tau 2022 ka taka te 50 tau o te tāpaetanga o te pitihana mō te reo Māori ki te Whare Pāremata e Ngā Tamatoa me Te Rōpū o Te Reo Māori. Ka noho ko te 14 o ngā rā o Hepetema, te rā i tāpaetia ai me te wiki i te taha, hei punga mō Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. E whakanui ana mātou i Tāmaki Paenga Hira i Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, hei whakanuitanga ā-tau i te reo. Kāti, e whai ana mātou kia hāpainga tonutia te wairua o Te Wiki o te Reo Māori puta noa i te tau katoa.

2022 marks 50 years since the te reo Māori petition was presented at Parliament by Ngā Tamatoa and the Te Reo Māori Society. September 14th, the date it was presented, and the surrounding week became the centrepiece of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. At the Museum, we recognise Te Wiki as an official annual celebration of the language, but we aim to carry the spirit of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori throughout the year.

Kahu huruhuru

Kahu huruhuru

On 14 September 1972, Ngā Tamatoa presented a 30,000 signature petition to the Crown to have te reo Māori taught in schools. Hana te Hemara was a founding member of Ngā Tamatoa, and a champion of te reo revitalisation and indigenous rights in Aotearoa. This is the kahu huruhuru worn by Hana Te Hemara when she presented the te reo Māori petition to Parliament. The cloak is currently on loan from Tāmaki Paenga Hira to Puke Ariki in Taranaki and will appear in The Life and Times of Ngā Tamatoa exhibition this week, alongside other personal memorabilia from Ngā Tamatoa members and Hana Te Hamara's whānau.

Kahu huruhuru. AWMM.1956.126.1, 34748.
Te Wānanga Takiura o Ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori o Aotearoa

Te Wānanga Takiura o Ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori o Aotearoa


Tāmaki Paenga Hira are proud to host Te Wānanga o Takiura Ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori Aotearoa over 3 days of Te wiki o te reo Māori. From Tuesday 13th to Thursday 15th September, Māori court welcomes the learning of te reo Māori through the eyes of Takiura tauira and kaiako. For 3 days Te Wananga o Takiura akoranga will take place here at Tāmaki Paenga Hira. You are invited to join their lessons or to sit and listen in this immersive kaupapa Māori opportunity. Join us in Māori Court for an unique experience of our reo during te wiki o te reo Māori.

He tino pakari kē ā mātou aronga Māori i Tāmaki Paenga Hira, e kīa nei He Korahi Māori, ā, e whakawhānuitia ana tēnei kaupapa kia haere tonu te tauawhi me te whakanui i ā mātou kohinga Māori, hapori Māori anō hoki. I tēnei whārangi kua kohia e mātou ētahi āhuatanga hira o ā mātou pūrākau o ēnei marama tata, ētahi kai whakaohooho mā ngā whatu o ā tātou tamariki, me ētahi tauira o ā mātou mahi me ngā hāpainga tikanga Māori i roto i te whare taonga o Tāmaki Paenga Hira.

We have a strong Māori dimension at Tāmaki Paenga Hira called He Korahi Māori, and are building on this to ensure our Māori collections and communities are embraced and celebrated. On this page we've collected highlights of our recent stories, engaging content for tamariki, and examples of our mahi incorporating tikanga Māori into the Museum.

"Ko te reo te kaihiki ō te manawa tapu ō te kupu, mō te ora, mō te mate."


"Te reo is the tikanga (life force) of wairua (spirit), hinengaro (thoughts and emotions) that envelopes the senses and experiences to create words and sounds for life in all Creation."


Himiona Kamira – Te Rarawa


Museum stories

Read stories from around the Museum in our roles as kaitiaki taonga, war memorial, and research institution.


Gabriel Tongaawhikau

Kaimahi spotlight

Gabriel Tongaawhikau

Tū kē Tongariro,
Motu kē a Taranaki,
He riri ki a Pihanga,
Waiho i muri nei,
Te uri ko au—e!
Ko Gabriel Tongaawhikau tōku ingoa.

I am a learning specialist in mātauranga Māori at the Auckland Museum. I typically deliver programmes based in science and mātauranga Māori to toddlers, children, and adults. Some of my favourite moments working here at the Museum has been seeing how engaged children are when I incorporate Māori words and mātauranga Māori into mainstream programming. However, the most rewarding part of my work has been teaching our total immersion children in te reo and watching them thrive in spaces which have been historically an exclusionary or traumatic space for Te Ao Māori in the past. 

The introduction of the New Zealand’s history’s curriculum has ensured that local Māori history will be taught to all children across Aotearoa. I have seen the passion in many teachers during our adult workshops and the willingness to learn more about Māori settlement, treaty issues, land wars and how this still affects Māori communities today. If the discussions I have had with these teachers is any indicator of where we will be in the next 50 years, then the future for te ao Māori and te reo Māori will surely be bright and prosperous. 

What lies beneath?

Gabriel Tongaawhikau (Ngā Puhi, Taranaki) from the AM Learn team introduces us to the pātaka in Māori Court and shares the secret that lies underneath.

Watch the video to learn some Māori kupu and a fascinating fact about the pātaka at Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland Museum this Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.

@aucklandmuseum Learn some Māori kupu and a fascinating fact about the pātaka at Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland Museum this Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.   Explore stories, activities and more that delve into our connections to, and celebration of te reo Māori via our profile link. #aucklandmuseum #tewikiotereomāori #tewikiotereomaori #pataka #kowhaiwhai ♬ original sound - Auckland Museum

A kōrero with artist Ngataiharuru Taepa


In this blog, we kōrero with Prof Ngataiharuru Taepa about growing up amongst artists, kōwhaiwhai as language, and having work on the walls of a space filled with the incredible work of ancestors.

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Cylix tupareomanaia

Partnership leads to world-first for indigenous naming of new species

Cylix tupareomanaia

A new species of pygmy pipehorse, a fish closely related to the seahorse, has been named by kaumātua (senior leaders) of Ngātiwai in a collaboration with biodiversity scientists from Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland Museum and the California Academy of Sciences.

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Sacrifice and Suffering in 20th Century Wars

Ngāti Raukawa

Sacrifice and Suffering in 20th Century Wars

Despite large loss of land and disregard from the Crown in the 19th century, 50 years later Ngāti Raukawa men were enlisting in large numbers to fight in World War One, and later World War Two. This article outlines the research conducted by Te Kenehi Teira and Heeni Collins as part of a report commissioned by Crown Forestry Rental Trust, Wellington (Wai 2200 Porirua ki Manawatu Inquiry).

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Lost in translation

Lost in translation

Embedding mātauranga (Māori knowledge frameworks) into the Museum’s education programmes is about more than simply translation of terms. In this blog, we kōrero with Learning Specialist Heidi Brickell about creating environments where te reo Māori speakers can learn in frameworks that align with their language. 

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A Crown Lynn Story

Wharetana ware

A Crown Lynn Story


Featuring items from our Applied Arts and Design collection, the new documentary Crown Lynn shares a riveting slice of New Zealand history telling the iconic story of Crown Lynn pottery and the generations of Māori families that worked there. For almost 50 years Crown Lynn was the biggest ceramics factory in the southern hemisphere. Situated in west Auckland, it was a melting pot of rich culture in a post-war era when hundreds of Māori migrated to the city to find work.

Tune in to discover the incredible stories behind this locally made pottery, some of which we're proud to have in our collection. 


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Museum mahi

At the heart of Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland Museum is a bicultural mission. Discover some of the ways we incorporate tikanga Māori into our work, building, and everyday practice at the Museum. 


Within Tāmaki Paenga Hira

Within Tāmaki Paenga Hira

Every gallery and public space within Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum has been assigned a te reo Māori name. Find out about the meanings of these ingoa, and listen to audio recordings of their pronunciation.


Te Awe

Te Awe

Te Awe was a project about enriching, reorganising, and improving the care of our 10,000+ taonga Māori in a way that is embedded in Mātauranga Māori. Through this mahi Auckland Museum made the taonga Māori collection more visible and accessible to iwi, hāpu, whānau, Museum staff, researchers, and the public. 

Discover this important mahi, and the people who conributed to it. 

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Tāmaki Paenga Hira holds a significant collection of te reo Māori books and publications. Among the collection are important works published for and by Māori, spanning over two hundred years. Our collections are used frequently for research into whakapapa, genealogy, and family history, and also to study te ao Māori more broadly. Members of the public are encouraged to come to the Library and engage with these precious taonga. For information on opening hours and access, please click here.

Below are a selection of the te reo publications in our collection. You are invited to access these and other works at the Library all year round.


For the tamariki

Fun content for the iti members of your whanau to enjoy.


Challenge yourself by taking these interactive quizzes in te reo Māori

Treasures & Tales online: The Insect World

Watch this recording of our recent Tūhura Taonga ā tuihono: Te Aitanga a Pēpeke te reo Māori learning session.

He weriweri rawa,
He Mīharo rawa,
He paku rawa te nuinga o ēnei taonga tino whakahirahira o te taiao.

Tūhuratia te ao o te Aitanga ā-Pēpeke. Me wānanga tātou katoa he aha ētahi o ōna uri kua kitea? Me pēhea ēnei ngārara e tiaki ana i te taiao me tātou anō hoki?
Koinei ngā tino pātai ā ngā Mātai rapu ngārara.

Kupu quiz

If you're confident with your reo, test skills here with our Museum related kupu Māori quiz. If you're a beginner, every incorrect answer is a learning opportunity! 

Waiata Māori 

AM Learn Educator Gabriel Tongaawhikau shares some waiata Māori your tamariki will be sure to enjoy singing along to.


Test your knowledge of te reo Māori names for Aotearoa's native plants


Thank you to Ewen Cameron, Ricky-Lee Erickson, Bernice Moore, Ruby Moore, Dhahara Ranatunga, Tom Rowlands, Mereana Taungapeau and Robert Vennell for helping create these crosswords.