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Whānui: Project Pepeha

Project Pepeha captures Chinese and Samoan elders on a journey of learning their pepeha in te reo Māori through their own native mother tongues. Through weekly wānanga workshops, each participant is immersed in a safe and familiar language environment to learn about the structure, history, and tikanga of pepeha, ending with them discovering their own and sharing these on film. Participants will also be invited to a kura kaupapa Māori to share their pepeha and engage in a cross-cultural and intergenerational experience with te ao Māori.

Four weekly wānanga will conclude with a public presentation where the participants share about their experience with friends and whānau. This public family-friendly event will conclude the kaupapa with kai and crafts to celebrate Māori, Chinese, and Samoan cultures coming together. Short film vignettes will also be presented showing the journeys of participants in the development of their pepeha. These short films will also be shown throughout the Auckland Arts Festival.

Julie Zhu & Kayne Peters - Project Pepeha


Learn Māori through Mandarin/Sāmoan!

Project Pepeha is a free kaupapa/programme as part of Whānui at Auckland Arts Festival. The kaupapa hopes to help more New Zealanders gain access to te reo Māori by providing an introduction to the language through participants’ native mother tongue. There are two language strands this will be taught in, Mandarin and Sāmoan.

Pepeha is an introduction to who you are and where you come from.

Over five weeks, participants will meet once a week to learn more about te reo Māori, and how they can construct their own pepeha, with a public presentation open to all on Saturday 9 March.

Invite your friends, parents, grandparents, and networks to participate!

Mandarin Group
Sat 9 Feb: 10am-12pm
Sat 16 Feb: 10am-12pm
Sat 23 Feb: 10am-12pm
Sat 2 Mar: 10am-12pm
Sat 9 Mar: 10am-12pm (Public presentation)
Location: Te Whare o Matariki, 35 Uxbridge Road, Howick

Sāmoan Group
Sat 9 Feb: 2-4pm
Sat 16 Feb: 2-4pm
Sat 23 Feb: 2-4pm
Sat 2 Mar: 2-4pm
Sat 9 Mar: 10am-12pm (Public presentation)
Location: Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, 15 Canning Crescent, Māngere

It is free to participate but there are limited places.

For further details and to register for a place, please email whereareyoufromreally@gmail.com by Wed 6 Feb.
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Co-produced by Auckland Arts Festival and Where Are You From Really

Presented as part of Whānui and Toitū te Reo at Auckland Arts Festival / Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki Makaurau

Whānui: Project Pepeha is supported by:
Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board
Where Are You From Really
Te Whare o Matariki
Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

The Whānui programme is supported by
The Auckland Diversity Project
Lottery Grants Board