We’re extremely excited to be teaming up with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa (TWoA) gamers, who will will pit our reo Māori skills to the test in this week’s Night Squad Te Reo special!
TWoA is partnering with us to see more reo Māori incorporated into our live broadcasts as part of Mahuru Māori and Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. Mahuru Māori started at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa in 2014 as a way of normalising te reo Māori in everyday life. It was originally an initiative for fluent speakers of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa but has since grown to include the public and all levels of proficiency.
The challenge for the month, or for a selected time period, is that Māori be used for all forms of communication and this year more than 1,000 people will speak only in Māori during September.
New Zealand professional Fortnite player Twizz and our very own Amy Potter will learn the reo Māori equivalent of popular Fortnite multiplayer phrases and words, then squad up and use them in our weekly Night Squad Fortnite runs!
“Mahuru Māori, te wiki o reo Māori koinei ngā kaupapa nui e kainamu mai ana. Nā reira, kia whakamahiti korou tātou mehe ko Tū Matawhāiti, mehe ko Tū ka Ngūha. Ko tētahi huarahi pai rangatahi mā, ko te tō i te reo Māori ki te takuahi o tō whare, otirā ko te kōrero i te reo Māori nōu e tākaro kēmu ana. Wepua te Hoiho kia oma, whāngāia te rākau kia tipu, kōrerohia te reo e ora tonu ai ia. Blah!,” hei tā Uenuku Winitana nō Ngāti Tuwharetoa.
“Mahuru Māori and Te Wiki o te Reo Māori is about normalising te reo Māori. We want to see people incorporating more te reo Māori in their lives – and video games are a big part of many peoples’ lives,” said Uenuku Winitana, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, TWoA-sponsored gamer and Pukana presenter.
Want to join in on the ngahau (fun)? You too can download Fortnite te reo Māori rauemi (resource packs) from mahurumaori.com/fortnite, containing an updated Fortnite map and item translations and the game’s most-commonly used phrases and statements.
LPL will be streaming live from 7pm, September 12 at www.twitch.tv/letsplaylive.
Ka kite ano. We’ll see you there!