Celebrating Māori Language Week at your local butcher
Mīti Kau + Mīti Reme Aotearoa (Beef + Lamb New Zealand) is encouraging Kiwis to get out there and try out their te Reo Māori skills to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week).
Mīti Kau + Mīti Reme Aotearoa has worked with Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (Māori Language Commission) and made an easy-to-digest guide for anyone wanting to order their meat in te Reo Māori. The toolkit was produced thanks to the hard work of Joe Pihema - Ngati Whatua and tautoko (support) from Te Whare Wānango o Awanuiārangi - Te Pōkaitahi Reo class (Te Rehu - Westmere) and their kaiako (teacher), Wiremu Tekehukehu Mato.
The recently crowned 2018 Alto Butcher of the Year Riki Kerekere from Countdown Meat & Seafodd said it best: “Speaking te Reo Māori can be intimidating for many Kiwis. They can be embarrassed of getting it wrong – my message is don’t be scared to give it a try.
“My tip is to throw in a mōrena (good morning) or Ngā mihi o te ahiahi (good afternoom) to start you off. Instead of asking for mince, order some kau kōnakunaku and when you leave say tēnā koe (thank you).”
So, if you’re heading down to your local butcher shop or popping into the supermarket embrace our beautiful language and you might even surprise yourself.
Kia Kaha Te Reo Maori