If you are learning how to speak Ngati Porou reo, you want to know history, whakatauki, kiwaha or learn a moteatea, our Rongomaiawhio Google Classroom – is the place to go. We have been creating learning resources for ten years. Register now to get access.

Ko Rongomaiawhio he tipuna no Ngati Porou, he tungane no Huturangi i moe ki a Paikea. Rongomaiawhio is a tipuna of Ngati Porou, the brother of Huturangi who wed Paikea. Rongo – ko nga rongo tenei o te tangata, a-taringa, a-ihu, a-aha ake ranei. Rongo means to sense, hear, feel, and smell.   Awhio – ko nga mea enei e awhio, e taiawhio nei i a tatau. Ko te whainga matua o enei rauemi, he whakaora ano i nga taonga a ratau ma, ki a rangona i enei ra. Awhio is what is surrounding us, what is circling us. 


These are the voices of our pakeke the majority of whom have passed on. Their stories have been transcribed and a glossary of meanings provided to help comprehend some of the terms and phrases used.


These are the dirges and ditties of our ancestors. The beat has been synchronised with the words and video to make learning and singing along with them a lot easier. Brief explanations are provided to help to understand these treasures.

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