Kia ora and welcome to Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

11 September 2017
Maori Language Week graphic

This week is a great opportunity to practice Te Reo in your day-to-day interactions, like greeting friends and colleagues – E pëhea ana tō rä? (How’s your day?) – or ordering coffee – He mōwai koa? (Can I have a flat white please?).

It’s also a good opportunity to delve into some of the issues around whānau wellbeing.

You could start with our report Subjective whānau wellbeing in Te Kupenga, which addresses a gap in the quantitative evidence base about whānau wellbeing. How well do Māori think their whānau are doing? What are the critical factors associated with whānau doing well? Three-quarters of respondents reported that their whānau were doing well or very well.

You can also explore whakapapa relationships in At A Glance: Expressions of whānau. Whakapapa relationships are not just ways of situating individuals within a kin group but are connected to roles, responsibilities and obligations, including mutual acts of giving and receiving. Some Māori may see whānau in a traditional sense as encompassing an extended set of kin relationships, while others might think of whānau in the narrow sense of a nuclear family. Regardless of scope, these relationships are still grounded in the foundations of whakapapa.

Or you can delve into why we measure whānau wellbeing in Whānau Rangatiratanga Frameworks Research Report. The Frameworks provide a platform and guide – from within a Māori world view – for collecting, analysing and using data about whānau wellbeing. The New Zealand household is frequently adopted as a unit of measurement. While there is data available on Māori families at the household level, this does not provide data about ‘whānau’, as ‘family’ and ‘whānau’ are not interchangeable. Nevertheless, household and family data is used to develop strategies and set policies.

So grab a coffee (here’s a guide from Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Mäori to help you order your favourite hot drink) and have a look at some of these issues.

Last update: 11 Sep 2017