About Punarau Media

Punarau Media is a multi-media production company based in Rotorua. We are dedicated to producing high quality Māori language digital media and content. We manage projects of all scales ranging from Webseries to iOS and Android Apps, as well as Audio Engineering. Our company name represents our passion to constantly innovate new ideas for the Māori language. Puna is a spring, and rau refers to hundreds. We are a multi-media production company with no limits or restrictions on a mission to produce hundreds of high quality media resources for our people and our language.

RERE TE WHIU

He uaua rawa ki te hunga ako reo Māori o mohoa nei, tēnei mea te kīwaha. He hōtaka ā-ipurangi a Rere Te Whiu e whakatauira ana i te kīwaha me kore noa taua hunga rā e whai māramatanga ai ki tōna tikanga, ki tōna horopaki, otirā ki te wā e tika ana ki te whiu i te kōrero.

PIPI MĀ

HE TĀRE KŌRERO MĀORI

Ko Pipi Mā ngā tāre kōrero Māori tuatahi o te ao mā te tamariki, nā te whānau kōrero Māori o Aotearoa nei. Ko ngā tāre whakamīharo e whā o Pipi Mā, ko Pipi rātou ko Hura, ko Tītoki, ko Pītau Pōtiki, ā, ko tā rātou ko te whakarewa i te mana o te reo me ōna tikanga ki tētahi taumata kāore anō i kitea!

Hōhepa Tuahine

ENTREPRENUER, INNOVATOR, PRODUCER

Iwi: Te Arawa, Tūhoe

Quals: BA, BA (Hons), MA (First Class Hons), PhD Candidate, Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo Māori

Hōhepa was born in the Waikato where he spent much of his early years before moving to Tāneatua. After attending his first year of kura in Tūhoe, Hōhepa and his family moved home to Rotorua where he was raised until young adulthood.

In 2010, he and Kristin both enrolled in Te Tohu Paetahi, a full-immersion course for Māori language beginners at the University of Waikato. In 2016, Hōhepa graduated at the University of Waikato with a Master of Arts Degree majoring in te reo Māori and is currently completing his PhD specialising in Māori Astronomy.

Alongside studying at the University of Waikato, Hōhepa is a proud graduate of the eleventh intake at Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo Māori.

Hōhepa is passionate about innovation and is not afraid to take risks or push boundaries in a bid to grow the Māori language and its community.

Kristin Ross

ENTREPRENUER, INNOVATOR, PRODUCER

Iwi: Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Tara

Quals: BA, BA (Hons), MA (First Class Hons), Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo Māori

Kristin was born and raised in Auckland and spent all of her childhood holidays amongst her hapū in Ngāti Tara. Like many of her generation, Kristin was not raised with the Māori language. Instead, she learnt as an adult with Hōhepa at the University of Waikato and graduated in 2016 with a Master of Arts Degree majoring in the te reo Māori. In 2015, Kristin also graduated with the tenth intake of Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo Māori.

Kristin is absolutely dedicated to providing high quality resources and products for the language to ensure they are relevant and necessary in a bid to normalise and make the Māori language cool.

Hōhepa and Kristin's motivation in all that they do are their children. They are the drivers of their innovation and the catalyst to all new ideas that they produce.

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