The latest addition to Uncle Goose's language series hails from the land of the long white cloud – New Zealand.
These stunning blocks have been designed by Wellington artist Johnson Witehira, who brings together two cultures (Māori & Pakeha) in these alphabet blocks that are specially made to educate children.
A finalist in the 2013 NZ Best Design Awards, this imaginative block set of traditional patterns, numbers, math symbols and the Māori alphabet will help carry Te Reo Māori through the generations.
Crafted from sustainable Michigan basswood, these printed wooden blocks feature the Te Reo alphabet, alongside traditional carving patterns and figures from six Iwi around the country. The figures can be stacked atop one another, like Pou on a Marae. They are interchanged with tuku tuku patterns and letters.
Uncle Goose Māori Alphabet Blocks
- 24 blocks in a set.
- Includes informational booklet.
- Uses non-toxic, child-safe ink.
- Made from fast-growing sustainable basswood.
- Designed in New Zealand. Handmade in the USA.
Māori believe language is the lifeforce of their culture, they even have a saying for it:
"Ko te reo te mauri o te mana Māori. Ka ngaro te reo, Ka ngaro taua, pera i te ngaro o te Moa."
"If the language is lost, we will perish like the Moa".
About Johnson Witehira
Johnson Witehira is an artist and designer of Tamahaki (Ngāti Hinekura), Ngā Puhi (Ngai-tū-te-auru), Ngāti Hauā and New Zealand European descent. As a designer his work is concerned with how we can bring Maori visual culture from the Marae back into our daily lives. As an artist he looks to explore the notion of mixed-identity and what it means to be Maori in an urban landscape. Witehira’s work has a strong aesthetic that comes from combining traditional Maori form and pattern with ideas from graphic design and contemporary Western arts practice. Johnson has exhibited in Wellington and New York and is one of NZ's most recognised Maori designers.
About Uncle Goose
Uncle Goose products are socially and environmentally considerate. They source their products using fast-growing sustainable basswood in the USA. And use non-toxic, child-safe inks on all their blocks.
"All of us here at Uncle Goose would like to thank Māori designer and Wellington native Johnson Witehira who provided the stunning designs and cultural guidance we used to craft this set".
24- 1.75" BASSWOOD CUBES (44MM)