REO Ltd (Resources for Elementary Oral Communication) is a Māori company established in 1995 to help people teach and learn te reo Māori (Māori language). It sprang out of recognition that, while many people are learning or want to learn Māori language, there is a shortage of high quality teaching resources and learning materials for their use. Parents, kiako at kōhanga reo and Kurakaupapa, and school teachers at primary, intermediate and high schools all seek fun, effective and affordable ways to teach Māori language. All learners of Māori language seek varied and innovative ways to learn language and consolidate it.
We at REO Ltd have made it our business to help those who want to teach Māori or learn Māori – whether at home or in the classroom. Our experience starts with active involvement with kōhanga reo in the early 1990s, and continues with the constant search for effective new methods of teaching the Māori language and culture in fun ways that make learning easy. We find ourselves amongst many teachers, kaiako and parents who have committed – in one way or another – to the growth of te reo Māori in the tamariki / children, but who feel poorly supported by the Māori language teaching resources and learning materials available.
We have experimented with teaching concepts and materials designs for over 10 years and, in that time, produced a series of powerful learning resources. Those educational resources are now used in over 3000 schools and other educational institutions throughout Aotearoa / New Zealand, and in countless households.
We like what we do, and remain committed to the learners, teachers and parents of Aotearoa / New Zealand through the continuing innovation of simple, powerful, high-quality, affordable and fun-to-do Māori language resources.
principal Directors are Louise Clarke-Naera (Ngāpuhi/Ngāti
Raukawa) and Tyne Ropata (Ngāti Uenuku/Ati-Hau-Nui-A-Pāpārangi). ‘The
help’ around the place
are husbands Paul Ropata (Te Ati Awa/ Ngāti Toa/ Ngāti
Raukawa/ Kai Tahu) and Shaun Clarke. Between us our professional
expertise spans early childhood education, training systems management,
communications and corporate administration.
But the heart of the company comes simply from being parents and
grandparents, and being Māori.