How do you pronounce those tricky Māori place names like: Ōtautahi - Christchurch Motukarara Koukourarata - Port Levy Te Waihora - Lake Ellesmere Papanui Aranui Ōtākaro - Avon River Waimakariri River
Listen to this short movie that shows us how to break place names into vowel groups.
Try making your own movie to teach others how to day our local place names?
I challenge you to use this learning to help say the longest Māori place name:
"Taumata whakatangi hanga kōauau o tamatea turi pukakapiki maunga horo nuku pōkai whenua kitanatahu"
This name translates into English as "the place where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, who slid, climbed and swallowed mountains, known as 'landeater’, played his flute to his loved one." Locals simply call it Taumata Hill.
Break into pieces of a consonant and vowel or two vowels together like this: "Tau ma ta wha ka ta ngi ha nga ko au au o ta ma tea tu ri pu ka ka pi ki mau nga ho ro nu ku po kai whe nua ki ta na ta hu"
WALT: Write our own mini using an adapted format. Recite our own mini with correct pronunciation. Recall our mini from memory. It's all about me and where I fit into my family. Your mihi tells the story of the place and the people you beloing to. It is an eassy way for people you are meetingto make connections as they see if they are related or know your family.
As you can see - everything flows from the mountain, through the river and the waka is on it. Then the people settle so this is the order in which we say our mini.
Start by writing in the things you are sure of like your parent's names, school and family.
If you have moved from somewhere to here, then you would use the line:
Kei ____________ tōkukāinga ināianei. (I now live)
If you have no waka or marae then just leave these words out.
REMEMBER that if you are posting your mini on the blog, only use first names but you would use full names when sharing it in 'real life'.
WALT: Recall the names of local places in Te Reo. Pronounce the local names in Te Reo correctly. Use the consonant + vowel or vowel+vowel approach to help our pronunciation. Asn and answer - 'Where are you from' in Te Reo. Here is your challenge. Test each other on 'Nō hea koe'. Can you answer with a different place and guess where your friend is from?