Te Pātaka Ipurangi Ako

A pātaka is a place of storage - so welcome to the "storage facility" for our past Ipurangi Ako.


Ipurangi Ako 3 - Dipthongs


Māori Pronunciation

A dipthong is a sound formed by the combination of two vowels in a single syllable, in which the sound begins as one vowel and moves towards another.

Tip: Have a practice in pronouncing the 2 vowels separately and then rolling the sounds together.

Ipurangi Ako 2


Māori Pronunciation

A              E            I             O           U
  Are        there      three       or         two


AEIOU Waiata

Macrons – Tohu Tō
Macrons lengthen the sound of the vowel.

Tip = just draw out the vowel sound a little longer

A = are (say it quick è the sound is 0.1 second long)
Ā = are (say it slow è the sound is 1 second long)


Ako Ipurangi


Welcome everyone - this inaugural recording is a karakia focusing on opening & beginnings.

Whakataka te hau ki te uru,
Whakataka te hau ki te tonga.

Kia mākinakina ki uta,
Kia mātaratara ki tai.

E hī ake ana te atākura he tio,
he huka, he hauhū.

Haumi e! Hui e! Tāiki e!


Settle the westerly winds
Settle the southerly winds.

It will be icy cold inland,
and icy cold on the shore.

May the dawn rise red-tipped on ice,
on snow, on frost.

Bind together! Gather together! Unite!

Many thanks to Lincoln Nicholls for content creation & also to Suzanne Pitama's team at Otago University who developed the Aki Hauora app & were generous in sharing their resources.