Paepae for Dummies 101
The basics of the Paepae according to Waioturi
Consultation with pā and survey information from 2008 informed Te Kaahui o Rauru to, “Fix my reo, fix my marae and fix my pocket!” 11 years later and my observation has been our reo is still not a priority for our people otherwise our paepae numbers would have increased. Rather than dwell on the past, let’s just remedy the problem!
In 2011 we had 16 native reo speakers and by 2016 we had lost 11 of these unique people. We implemented pockets of learning and we wish to acknowledge, Ruta Broughton, who is a champion of our language and concur with her statement, “The cuisenaire rods method can teach all levels of the Māori language.” I am a testament to this and have adpoted the Te Ataarangi principles of teaching.
From a Waioturi perspective, we need to stop relying on our Iwi organisations to revitalise our language and repopulate our paepae. That is not their core business and they are not the mouth pieces or living museum’s of Waioturi rich history. We can however request resources that supports our vision, “Whāngaia te iwi!”