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27 Hongongoi (July) 2008

"Ko au ko koe, ko koe ko au."
I am you and you are me.
Explanation by Reweti Te Mete no Ngati Hangarau me Ngai te Rangi.

It's like a mixed bag of allsorts (and we love lollies!!) this week on Te Ahi Kaa but one common theme on the show is Te Reo Māori.

If you've been out and about using Te Reo Māori more so this week than others, then job well done! Our next wero is for you to continue using it where possible, how about greeting the local diary owner with a 'Kia ora'' or 'Morena'.

There is no way Robin Smith is resting on his laurels. A brochure in the mailbox advertising Te Reo Māori classes has opened up a world of friendship and whanaungatanga for the 85-year-old. He shares his experiences and demonstrates his new found knowledge of tikanga Māori.

Reweti Te Mete is combining his passions by establishing a "Korero club" within his community, thus actively promoting his Iwi dialect and language. Building on his role as the Māori language coordinator of Te Mātāhauariki o Tauranga Moana, Te Mete describes the strategies he is undertaking to secure Te Reo Maori, to Justine Murray.

If you can search in the language of Elma Fudd and Kling-on search engine, Google then why not Te Reo Māori? Husband and wife team, Potaua and Nicolasa Biasiny-Tule could just be New Zealand's answer to Bill and Melinda Gates. Not only did they found website they led the team that established Google Maori, which launched earlier this week.

Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Māori pulled out all the big guns with the launching of it's online Maori dictionary, I Papakupu.A video call from London with Mereana Hond, a live web page demonstration showed just how internet savvy Māori are becoming. Te Reo can be broadcast and received anywhere!

Apirana Ngata (1874-1950)was recently named in a list of the 100 most influential New Zealand business leaders and with good reason. He was the first Māori University Graduate (1897) and with Te Rangi Hiroa and Maui Pomare founded the young Maori Party. While his political life was prolific Ngata was also a composer and archivist of Moteatea. In 1926 he put Maori lyrics to what was a contemporary tune at the time, thus creating what has since become a Ngati Porou standard, E puti puti koe i kahotia.Timoti Karetu recalls the profound influence Ngata had upon the development of Te Reo Maori in Nga Taonga Korero.

When your mother ties a transistor radio to her stomach when she is pregnant it's almost inevitable music will play a major role in the life of the yet unborn child. Such was the musical beginnings for Hareruia ( Ruia) Aperahama. He talks with Ana Tapiata.

Waiata featured on this weeks programme includes;

Aotearoa performed by Black Katz

E puti puti koe i kahotia performed by Ritchie Campbell

I can see clearly now performed by Johnny Nash

It's not unusual performed by Tom Jones

Tuki Tahi performed by Ruia Aperahama