The Māori language is one of those things that set us apart from the thousands of other expats from around the world living in London. Yet Māori Language Week (Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori ) is something that can easily pass us by unnoticed when living in the UK.
So this year we’ve created Te Reo for London (Reo Rānana), a light-hearted series of language lesson videos to celebrate the unique experience of being a Kiwi on the far side of the world, and maybe give you an edge over your annoyingly multi-lingual British flatmates.
This is a celebration of multi-culturalism, diversity and the NZ culture we miss out on sometimes being so far away.
There are seven phrases that we hope will be both useful and fun. Filmed in South Auckland, but very much centred on life in London, they are presented by Marama Davidson, the Green party’s newest and perhaps most down-to-earth MP. Marama is making a huge impact on social justice issues back home since her emotive (and bilingual) maiden speech in Parliament.
Visit our Facebook page every day next week for a new Te Reo for London, plus follow us on Twitter for extra translations and bonus content. If you’re fluent already and want to get involved, we’d love to hear your #ReoRanana ideas.
Meantime, here’s a little something to get you started, especially as we approach the UK summer holidays. Why say Easyjet when you can say wakamāmā? (not to be confused with a certain Asian restaurant!)
For a continuing dose of Te Reo Māori – and with a dash of social commentary – you can also check out KupuHou on Twitter.
Te Reo for London was shot and edited by Bryce Groves, with help from Maxine Pattinson and Max Groves. Translations by Boyd Broughton. Special thanks to Manurewa Marae for letting us film in their beautiful Whare.