Wai Ako is a new and innovative online programme for teachers in English medium primary schools to deliver the te reo Māori curriculum.
It has been created for English medium primary school teachers with limited or basic knowledge of Māori language and pronunciation.
Wai Ako means Learning Songs. The programme uses catchy music videos to get children and teachers singing the basic phrases of the curriculum. Teachers can learn pronunciation, phrase structure and vocabulary along with their students.
Wai Ako mobilises ordinary classroom teachers to ensure that every child has the chance to learn the basics of te reo Māori. This frees up specialists to extend language learning and delve more deeply into aspects of tikanga.
Wai Ako has a strong focus on quickly transitioning language learning into opportunities to speak the learned reo every day in school.
Wai Ako was launched in September 2017 and already is being used by over ten thousand children in schools throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.
Wai Ako in the media!
Wai Ako has been profiled in the media!
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.