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Māori Made Fun by Scotty and Stacey Morrison

Scotty and Stacey Morrison need no introduction to those who are learning te reo Māori. The pair are foundation members of the community group Māori 4 Grown Ups, have authored books aplenty on the language, front television shows and are strong advocates for te reo, and te ao, Māori.

Māori Made Fun is another brilliant collaboration from the husband and wife duo.

Hidden within the bright yellow cover, is more than 200 puzzles and games to boost your reo - whether you are a confident speaker or just beginning.

Featuring crosswords, word finds, rhyming riddles, visual puzzles, colouring-in, code crackers and number puzzles, plus much more, there is plenty to keep you occupied.

The Morrisons have driven a lot of the resurgence in learning te reo Māori, especially for those of a younger generation. Their offerings are fresh and fun, they understand how to make learning a new language interesting and easy, and adaptable to our busy lives.

This puzzle book shows that understanding again. Too often those of us that learn te reo Māori only learn in a formal setting, which means if we don't use it, we lose it. Māori Made Fun ensures that even if we only have a minute to spare, we can put our reo to use. It normalises te reo Māori - in so much that we use the language in all aspects of our lives. It's not confined to a classroom or 'Zui' (a hui via Zoom). For learners, Māori Made Fun gives us the opportunity to use te reo Māori for fun, a more casual way of using the language. That might sound strange, but it provides a real boost to including more te reo Māori in our everyday lives, and that's how we become fluent, how we reclaim te reo, how we keep te reo.

Māori Made Fun is a fabulous addition to anyone keen to increase their knowledge and fluency of te reo Māori. Suitable for beginners or confident speakers of all ages, it offers a fun new way to learn te reo Māori using hands-on activities and games.

Reviewed by: Rebekah Lyell

Raupo, RRP $25.


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