Pūkoro he aha kei roto? Pūkoro whakamiharo! Pūkoro he aha kei roto? mau ano e kimi mai!Hi,HA!

You know the song but did you know that Pūkoro is now online? Te Ao o Pūkoro was launched into cyber space and Kōhanga Reo received a golden ticket to the exclusive launch. It was a bit like walking into Willy Wonkas Chocolate Factory but without all the sugar.

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The team at Kura Productions had laid out their offices as a real life set, and without any formality we stepped into the world of Pūkoro. Aniwa (Nicholas) and Ngatarawahi (Fairhall) were our host’s and after 10 years of Pūkoro, they made transition for us adults seamless. Pūkoro was obviously the domain of the tamariki and our host’s made them the stars of the show.

Koro Quinton Hita, a Director of Kura Productions reminisces about the inception of Pūkoro, “ Ka whānau mai taku mātamua, kāhore he hōtaka mō ngā tamariki, ka hau mai aku whakaaro i konā, kia waihanga e au tētahi, ko Pūkoro e tū nei”

“So I wanted to ensure that all the songs and resources and efforts that went into Pūkoro (over the 10 years) would not be lost, because you see mainstream stuff everywhere and we (Māori) were getting left behind. On the website you will find songs, learning to read, stories and games, a word of caution, parents may need to be wary because if their children go there they may be there for a long time.”

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The website www.pukoro.co.nz , signifies a growing trend of a Māori presence online, other language programs have made the leap, but the Pūkoro website represents a collective effort by reo advocate groups and individuals to offer choice and opportunity to whānau who wish to learn and speak te reo. What also makes it unique ,is that it is tailored to suit tamariki and whänau.

Karen Te-O-Kahurangi Waaka Tibble, is the Producer of Pūkoro and says that the layout on the website makes it’s easy for tamariki and parents and even kaiako to navigate online. The activities and stories are put into categories ie Pūkoro, so that if you are learning a certain subject you simply go to the activity you want choose the topic and away you go. So it’s easy for parents at home and Kōhanga reo to use. This year Pūkoro followed tamariki and visited Kōhanga Reo so you will see a section there that showcases different Kōhanga reo from around the motu.

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CEO of Te Kōhanga Reo Kararaina Cribb, and trust board member Druis Barett attended the launch, they were impressed by the enthusiasm and energy of the kids and how the reo simply flowed.

Hei tā Kararaina Cribb, “Mīharo katoa ahau ki tēnei kaupapa i whakarewahia i tēnei rā, te ataahua o ngā mahi me te rere o te reo Māori ki ngā wāhi kātoa i kōnei. He pai mō a tātou whānau ki a kitea tēnei tū āhua, ā tinana, ā pouka whakaata, ā ipurangi hoki.”

Supported with funding by Te Māngai Paoho, and tautoko from Kōhanga Reo. Pūkoro has made learning and speaking te reo Mäori for our whānau, accessible, fun, and inclusive, nga mihi ki a rātou o Pūkoro me Kura Productions, hari huri tau!