Te Ataarangi
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Te Ataarangi was developed in the late 1970's by Dr Kāterina Te Heikōkō Mataira and Ngoingoi Pewhairangi. It was designed as a community-based programme for adult Māori language learning. 

Te Ataarangi is modeled on The Silent Way method developed by Caleb Gattegno, which utilises cuisenaire rods (rākau) and spoken language.  This is in direct contrast to traditional grammar-based, academic approaches.  His methodology was further developed to incorporate Māori values and customs, and Te Ataarangi was born.

Originally these programmes were delivered by native speakers of the Māori language who were trained to become tutors.  In over 30 years since its inception Te Ataarangi has taught thousands of adults to speak Māori.  The continued support and development of a whole new generation of Māori language tutors has contributed to the revitalisation of the Māori language for the future.