Stacey and Scotty Morrison's Māori at Home book an 'up-and-go survival guide'
For those keen to celebrate te reo Māori all year round, Māori TV's Stacey Morrison and her husband, Te Karere presenter Scotty, have created a language book specifically for families.
She describes Māori at Home, published this month by Penguin Random House New Zealand, as an "up-and-go survival guide".
The couple speak Māori at home with their three children, Hawaiki, Kurawaka and Maiana.
They've met other families who also want to speak the language, but who are too "time poor" and keep putting it off, she says.
"We're just asking people to pick up the book and go."
The book explores 18 different settings of the home – providing words, terms, and prases relevant to each of those environments.
"Rather than fixating on grammar, we say these are really common sentence starters and it's always in that format."
Both parents learnt te reo as adults — Scotty at university and Stacey after learning Japanese and finding she had a desire to "speak my own language".
"Definitely, after learning Japanese, learning a third language became easier," she says. "It tells you a lot about yourself, as a learner.
"Just being bilingual is a very healthy thing for us mentally. I think we have to be realistic about the fact we're quite monolingual in New Zealand and that shuts down options for us."
They've already had plenty of feedback from both Māori and Pākehā saying that, as non-fluent speakers, the book is exactly what they're after.
"I'm hoping we'll hear more of those stories."