Reo Māori classes in Australia can’t cope with demand

“Moving here has allowed us to understand how we can share those tāonga because we’re in a situation where they’re required.” 

Over 45,000 Māori live in The Gold Coast, with many whānau making it their home for generations. Ohinga spoke with some Māori to learn how they utilize their knowledge of te ao Māori and te reo Māori to cater to the growing need in places like The Gold Coast. 

Te Teira Davis had lived in Australia for years without speaking te reo Māori until the birth of his son when he made a commitment to only speak te reo Māori to him. Te Teira started teaching other parents and whānau te reo Māori on Sundays. 

For parents like Dre and Gaylene, who teach haka and cultural practices, keeping teachings at home is essential as they live in another country with their own cultural practices and traditions. They also attended the first Kura Reo on the Gold Coast, a workshop that teaches te reo Māori over a few days and found it extremely valuable for whānau living on The Gold Coast. 

For them, it's essential to use what they know and share it with others. They guide whānau who may not have reconnected with home in decades but want the chance to do so. Overall, they feel lucky to share their culture with others and preserve it for future generations.

“Share your treasures with your world.” 

This is part of our reo Māori series, Ohinga, created by Mahi Tahi Media, with funding from Te Māngai Pāho. Stay tuned for a new episode every week.

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