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My first words about Tikanga Māori

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My first words about Tikanga Māori – by Stacey Morrison, illustrations by Kurawaka Productions

My First Words about Tikanga Māori is a guide to Māori customs, practices and ways of doing things, and to the special words we use when talking about tikanga. With vibrant illustrations labelled in Māori and English, each page takes readers on a tour of various settings and situations, explaining the words, phrases and concepts we might encounter. Learn all about:
– pōwhiri (formal welcomes)
– hui (meetings)
– waiata (songs)
– mihimihi (greetings and introductions)
– forms of address
– manaaki (hospitality)
– aroha (showing love and compassion)
– kaitiakitanga (guardianship)
and so much more.

From removing our shoes as we enter a building to introducing ourselves and sharing kai, My First Words about Tikanga Māori is an excellent and practical guide for children and adults, Māori and Pākehā, New Zealanders and visitors to Aotearoa.

Designed for parents and tamariki to read together by Māori language champion and broadcaster Stacey Morrison, as a companion to her #1 bestselling My First Words in Māori. This is the perfect book to strengthen your language journey and embrace Māoritanga at home, at school, and out in the wider world.

Format: This book is a Paperback book.

Language: This book is written in English

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About the Author:

Stacey Morrison (Te Arawa, Ngai Tahu) is a radio and TV broadcaster whose projects have spanned 25 years. She is also a Māma to three tamariki who have been brought up with te reo Māori as their mother tongue. Stacey herself didn’t learn to speak Māori until she was an adult. It required a lot of research, determination, wonderful mentors and the support of a community to achieve her goal of becoming fluent by the time her children were born.

Other titles available by Stacey Morrison:

First words in Māori

First words in Maōri flashcards

Kia Kaha

Stacey co-authored some other books with her husband Scotty Morrison available here:

Māori at home

Māori made fun


About the Artists:

Kurawaka Productions is a studio of Māori artists and creatives. Co-developed by a veteran animator and a Ranui-based kura kaupapa, it began as a specialist arts programme offering talented young Māori a gateway into animation and design work. The Kurawaka team has completed a number of high-profile projects, including several animated shorts. They also contributed a selection of portraits of Māori achievers for Kia Kaha by Stacey Morrison and Jeremy Sherlock. My First Words about Tikanga Māori is their first picture-book collaboration.


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