Te Ao Māori

Taking waka ama from Waikato to the world

"When I'm on the water, it's always energising and makes me feel happy."

Te reo Māori only became an official language in NZ 35 years ago today

Now almost 25% of Māori speak te reo as a first language.

Dad and I had our reo taken: Here’s how we got it back

“My children won’t feel the same shame my dad and I once felt.”

New book says brutal attack in NZ Land Wars never occurred

‘It’s making a lie of my nan, it’s making a lie of my mum.’

Candidate for world’s best job: travelling Aotearoa with horses

“Māori really know how to connect to horses. The horse can really sense that spiritual essence..."

How this trainee navigator uses a star compass to sail waka

“It’s not as though this knowledge is new, it’s an intrinsic part of who we are.”

Celebrating Matariki as non-Māori

"You’re going to be playing some beats while I am planting the trees.”

Today marks the start of Matariki as the stars rise

Today Matariki reappeared in the dawn sky, signaling the beginning of the Māori New Year.

‘A time of whakatau’: Pounamu Wharekawa on their Matariki illustrations

Re: talks to the Kirikiriroa-based artist about rest, whānau, what this time of year means to them.

Celebrating Matariki: What's on across Aotearoa

For people who aren’t sure about what to do for Matariki, we've got you covered.

Why the Māori King’s daughter met with Prince Charles in London

“I’ll be honest, my greatest desire is for all Māori land to be returned to Māori.”

How to say your pepeha: Tikanga explained

“Every iwi has their own way of reciting their pepeha.”

Remembering Bastion Point occupation leader Joe Hawke

Tributes have been flowing in for the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei leader.

Hori’s Pledge: campaign to correct the country’s name to Aotearoa

It's a pushback against Don Brash's Hobson's Pledge.

How Māori celebrants are indigenising weddings

“For some people it’s just wanting to pay homage or incorporate their culture.”

‘I’ll take the leftovers’: rangatahi react to eating kina

“I have eaten kina once in my whole entire life: I know, 10 brownie points taken off me as a Māori.”

Presbyterian Church to offer future land sales to iwi first

The church will offer any future church-owned land for sale to local iwi before anyone else.

Why 23-year-old TV personality D'Angelo Martin gave up alcohol

“I want to live how our ancestors did.”
“Ko te hiahia kia ora pērā i te wā e ora ai o mātou tīpuna.

How to harvest kūmara: ‘Māori can’t connect to a carrot’

“The history of the kūmara goes way back; it’s in our DNA, it’s in our whakapapa."

Finding balance and healing through whakatū rākau

Whakatū rākau focuses on defence guards and mau rākau on wielding weaponry.

‘Steal their land!’: painful truth of NZ’s history at Rangiriri

“They’ve never known the truth, they’ve always known the Pākehā version.”

Behind the waiata that led the Māori Battalion to war | Rongo Toa

'March to Victory' was written by Corporal Anania Amohau of the B Company.

An 18-year-old wahine composed this sad farewell sung to WWII soldiers | Rongo Toa

Kōhine Whakarua Ponika of Tūhoe and Ngāti Porou descent was an expert in song writing.

The lost Pacific stories of the Māori Battalion | Rongo Toa

“Many don’t realise the significant role our relatives of Te-Moananui-a-Kiwa played [in WWII]”.

This big band hit honours the first Māori Victoria Cross winner | Rongo Toa

‘E te Hokowhitu a Tū’ was written by Tuini Ngāwai for Te Moananui-a-Kiwa Ngarimu

How Aue E Ihu became the Māori Battalion’s special hymn | Rongo Toa

The hymn was sung by soldiers on their departure from Palmerston North on Anzac Day 1940.

Inside a Māori Religion: The Rātana movement

"We're trying to spark up people's life force to bring them back to fullness."

Dr Moana Jackson is the reason I stayed in law school

‘Courage isn’t hard, courage is just the deep breath you take before you make a hard decision’