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The meaning of kōrero


(verb) to tell, say, speak, read, talk, address.

(noun) speech, narrative, story, news, account, discussion, conversation, discourse.

Kōrero in Practice

Kōrero, like so many Maori words, has a variety of meanings, depending on where and when it is used, and the people present at the time.

What it is about, however, is the notion of sharing in an undefended and trusting environment, where each party listens to and respects the view of the other parties.

To kōrero is to share where you are coming from and the journey that has brought you to your viewpoint, and to offer your perspectives openly and honestly.

When we kōrero we sit around the table and pass the tokotoko (talking stick), either literal or metaphorical, among ourselves. The one holding it has the floor until he /she is finished. Then it is passed on for others to give their input.

Kōrero - writings from the Heart Centre


This link takes you to Koru Bridge Korero, our blog with original writings from the heart.

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