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Kia ora!  

My name is Roimata Smail.  I initially created Wai Ako to help my husband who is is an English medium primary school teacher.  He wanted to learn te Reo Māori with his year 3 students but as a beginner didn't know where to start or even how to pronounce most of the words.  As a long time learner of te Reo I understood  the challenges.  With my husband testing every step of the way, I came up with some waiata (songs) that he could use to get singing some key phrases - with correct pronunciation!  We soon realised that the waiata might be of use to other teachers and I turned them into the Wai Ako programme.

I want to give teachers a way to learn with their students and build up the confidence to use te Reo in their classrooms.  The waiata are simple, repetitive and there is minimal planning time required - just play the videos and get started with your lesson! 

My vision for Wai Ako is that te Reo Māori is spoken daily in every New Zealand school.

Please enjoy exploring Wai Ako and trying out the first waiata, Ata mārie, for free.  

Ngā mihi, 



You can contact Wai Ako at info@waiako.com.  


Wai Ako has been profiled in the media!

In August 2018 Māori Television, School News and Radio Waatea all did stories about the fantastic work of Torbay School using Wai Ako to empower student led learning.

Check out the two page spread in the November 2017 Education Gazette.

We were interviewed on Radio NZ in July 2018.

Wai Ako was featured on Te Kaea on Māori Television in September 2017.

The September 2017 article on Education Central about Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori begins with a profile of Wai Ako.

Wai Ako was featured in the North Shore Times in September 2017.

See the New Zealand Law Society website which featured Wai Ako in July 2018.