Toi te Kupu – New and improved!

Toi Tangata has just released a revised edition of its popular health resource, Toi te Kupu.

First published in 2014 as a collaborative effort between the NZ Heart Foundation and Toi Tangata, Toi te Kupu was developed to help normalise te reo Māori in and around kai.

During the development of the book however, it quickly became apparent that there words and terms missing around cooking, cooking equipment, and the preparation of food.

“How can we have conversations with our tamariki and mokopuna about food and health if we don’t know the appropriate kupu? We would have to revert to English, which often changes the nuances of the meaning,” said Mason Ngawhika, of Toi Tangata.

The Maori health dictionary proved so popular, both the Heart Foundation and Toi Tangata quickly ran out of books and a new batch needed to be printed. Toi Tangata used this opportunity to create a revised edition which included exercise and fitness language.

“The inclusion of a physical activity section was an intuitive next step as nutrition and physical activity often go together. The collation of kupu required an extensive consultation with a number of reo experts and reo novelists,” said Hariata Tai Rakena, Toi Tangata Kaiārahi/Training and Development Specialist.

“It wasn’t the easiest process but I’m very happy with the outcome,” said Mason.

You can get your very own copy of the revised Maori health dictionary by through our website shop.

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