Useful resources for introductory te reo Māori: classes, online resource and apps.

Te Taura Whiri te Reo Māori

Te Taura Whiri te Reo Māori (Māori Langauge Commission) is an “autonomous Crown entity”set up under the Māori Language Act 1987 to promote the use of Māori as a living language and as an ordinary means of communication.

Check out the website for the extensive work they do, including Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week).

 

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week)

In 2018 Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori is 10-16 o Mahura (10-16 September). The theme is “Kia Kaha te Reo Māori!”

Colleagues tell me LIANZA Otago/Southland are considering holding an event for librarians in late July in preparation for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. I’ll add the details here as soon as I can.

 

The Spinoff – Where to learn te reo Māori anywhere in Aotearoa for free or next to nothing

A comprehensive list of introductory te reo Māori classes, NZ-wide.

 

Māori greetings and phrases from VUW (website, directory)

 

He aha tenei? (app)

“He aha tēnei?” (What is this?) is an interactive Te Reo Māori drag and drop game for kids and their caregivers. Match each part of the word to hear it pronounced. Complete the word to hear it in full.”

 

Te Pūmanawa

“The Te Pūmanawa mobile app contains two separate programmes; Te Reo Taketake: A Māori Language Course for Beginners and Te Ao Māori: The Māori World. This is a new and exciting programme for learning the basics of the Māori language or for people who have no prior knowledge of Māori.

The programme is intended for beginners.There are video clips and activities which will help you learn the basic fundamentals of the Māori language, ‘te reo Māori’.”

 

Memrise

Te reo Māori course are listed here.

 

Kura – te kura Māori

“Compete against friends while battling for language supremacy”.  iOS only.

 

Tipu Te Reo Māori

“Koi is your teacher. She has an innovative Personalised Progression Memory which allows her to remember what words and phrases you know and which ones you need a little extra testing on”

 

Drops

Language learning (including the red Maori) gamified.

 

 

Digital GLAM

Digital NZ

“DigitalNZ is the search site for all things New Zealand. We connect you to reliable digital collections from our content partners, including:

  • libraries
  • museums
  • galleries
  • government departments
  • the media
  • community groups, and others.”

 

InternetNZ

“InternetNZ is a non-profit and open membership organisation… promote the Internet’s benefits… protect its potential… focus on advancing an open and uncapturable Internet for New Zealand…. the designated manager for the .nz Internet domain and represent New Zealand at a global level… and work on behalf of all Internet users across the country… provide community funding to promote Internet research, and work hard to bring the Internet community together at events like NetHui to share wisdom and best practice on the state of the Internet… in order to shape what New Zealand’s Internet might look like in the future.”

 

VALA – Libraries, Technology and the Future

VALA – Libraries, Technology and the Future Inc. is an independent Australian based not-for-profit organisation that actively supports the use and understanding of information technology in libraries and the GLAM sector.

Podcast sampler

PODCAST MEDIA

Pocket Casts @pocketcasts is the app I prefer for now. It only costs a few dollars and is easy to use. Also, I don’t have to create an account – and therefore give them all my identity and preference data – to consume third party content.

 

PODCASTS ABOUT LIBRARIES

Dewey Decibel

“Dewey Decibel is the popular podcast series from American Libraries, the magazine of the American Library Association. Each month, your host and American Libraries Senior Editor Phil Morehart will be your guide to conversations with librarians, authors, thinkers, and scholars about topics from the library world and beyond.”

 

 

PODCASTS ABOUT BOOKS

 

Better off Read

“A Podcast about Reading and Writing with NZ writer Pip Adam”

#NZPodcast

 

Spybrary

“Spybrary is a Spy Podcast for fans of Spy Books and Spy Movies We interview spy authors, intelligence experts and spy fans!”

 

 

RNZ’s own content in podcast format

 

Buzzfeed’s 31 Podcasts For Every Type of Book Lover

 

BookRiot’s 11 Of The Best Book Podcasts launched in 2018

 

 

AGGREGATIONS AND REVIEWS OF PODCASTS

RNZ’s The Podcast Hour

An hour about podcasts from all over.

 

Online services I have loved and lost

Storify.com

Storify was super-handy for capturing widely dispersed online content into one presentation package – be it your own or from anywhere. The site is now inactive and if you didn’t capture your content before 16 May 2018 it now will “no longer render”.

‘Why the once darling social media service Storify is coming to an end.’ Cale Guthrie Weissman, Fast Company, 12 December 2017. Accessed 8 June 2018. https://www.fastcompany.com/40506878/why-the-once-darling-social-service-storify-is-coming-to-an-end

 

This Is My Jam

This site was simple and perfect and chill. Your profile had your one jam of the moment. Others could rate and chat. All the content is still accessible on the site, and now playlisted on Spotify.

“Unlike a lot of other music services at the time, Jam was slow instead of fast. A reaction to real-time tickers, contextless infinite playlists, and social feeds, Jam was a place where you could only post one song at a time. It was a place where music from the past could be celebrated right next to hyped new releases. All hits, no filler”

 

Library associations of note

LIANZA – Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa, Te Rau Herenga O Aotearoa

 

Te Rōpū Whakahau

“Te Rōpū Whakahau is the leading national body that represents Māori engaged in Libraries, Culture, Knowledge, Information, Communication and Systems Technology in Aotearoa New Zealand. ”

 

PLNZ – Public Libraries of New Zealand

“Public Libraries of New Zealand is the peak body for the public library sector, representing the needs of public libraries, their owners (territorial local authorities), managers and users at a national and regional level.”

 

SLANZA

“SLANZA provides community, guidance and professional development on library practice and programmes for school library staff in Aotearoa New Zealand while reflecting the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.”

 

ALIA – Australian Library and Information Association

“The Australian Library and Information Association is the national professional organisation for the Australian library and information services sector.”

 

IFLA – International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions

“The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession.”

 

NDF – National Digital Forum

“The National Digital Forum is a network of people working together to enhance digital interaction with culture and heritage in New Zealand.”

 

InternetNZ

“InternetNZ is a non-profit and open membership organisation… promote the Internet’s benefits… protect its potential… focus on advancing an open and uncapturable Internet for New Zealand…. the designated manager for the .nz Internet domain and represent New Zealand at a global level… and work on behalf of all Internet users across the country… provide community funding to promote Internet research, and work hard to bring the Internet community together at events like NetHui to share wisdom and best practice on the state of the Internet… in order to shape what New Zealand’s Internet might look like in the future.”

Knitting, coding, and the fetishisation of the new

I’ve been thinking and learning about maker spaces lately, and have had to process what I’m reading through my misgivings about the primacy of digital tech and the fetishisation of the new.

Baruk Jacob @feddabon gave a very pithy presentation at the Pacific Libraries Summit, Pearl Harbour, Fiji on 1 June 2018 and presented a video on Papakura pupil Athens, and his making of a waka using a 3D printer. Athens: “You decide to make whatever, and think it up in your head.”

“Maker-y” at the Kootuitui cluster of schools in Papakura

From Athen’s comments, Baruk pointed out that  was “It’s not about the technology; its about what it enables.” It’s about how you put logic together to make the robot do things. “You have to carve a canoe to carve a canoe. Same with 3D printing”. It’s about the thought processes Athens is undertaking as he works to create the waka using the 3D printer.

Here’s another much longer interview with Baruk, with Jemore Rivera. “It was never about the books.” “We are connecting people to knowledge, we are connecting people to ways of doing.”

Baruk Jacob with Jerome Rivera

The articles below also cover this territory, with relation to knitting and coding. Knitting is about as far from Silicon Valley as one might care to think, and its categorising as feminine and craft makes it even more so – to those who think programming is the domain of STEM – and boys and men. In fact, knitting shares much with coding.

Kate Buckner, How knitting is like coding

Rose Hendricks, Knitting and programming

Karen Shoop, Knitters and programmers: separated at birth?

O’Reilly Commons, Don’t repeat yourself

 

Organisational goal = cross-generational skill sharing.

Strategy = co-ordinate, host, publicise – for others.

Possibility = joint event for knitters and code club