“Our employees now have a readily available tool to assist them with NZQA te reo and tikanga Māori expectations anytime, anywhere. The interactive nature of the app is compelling in itself and has contributed to the lifting of confidence and competence amongst our employees. New employees are absolutely excited about having this tool to assist them on their language journey so early in their career with us. Many of our employees have shared this with whānau and friends, and certainly from a corporate perspective, we have done a similar thing with our sister agencies and beyond.”
Noel Berney | People and Capability| NZQA
"Gives me key reo for greetings, pronounces words, create my personal intro (pepeha). Ka pai rawa atu."
Google Play review
"Great resource for people wanting to learn some basics about the Māori language, customs and culture."
Google Play review
“NZQA has an aim to be a bilingual organisation in te reo Māori by 2020. This is so we can work effectively for Māori learners and providers of education, and to celebrate te reo Māori as an official language of Aotearoa.
We have a number of programmes to support staff in their te reo journey including our new app for staff called Te Puāwai. This app supports NZQA staff in their knowledge of te reo and tikanga Māori.
Te Puāwai is an educational resource for NZQA staff to learn about basic Tikanga and te reo Māori to support our day to day mahi.
Interactive features within the app include pronunciation of Māori words, maps with Māori names and iwi groups, Ngā Mātāpono (values), and principles, mihimihi/pepehā (introductions), ngā mihi (greetings), poroporoaki (farewells), whakataukī (proverbs), and waiata (songs).
One of the app’s key features is that it allows our team to input their own personal information to create a customised pepehā. This resource is particularly helpful when leading, or being part of discussions that involve Māori communities.
The response from our staff, to our aim of being bilingual, has been positive and we plan to review our progress continuously, as we are on a journey.
- Dr Karen Poutasi, CEO NZQA
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