Definition of kohanga reo in English:

kohanga reo

noun

NZ
  • A kindergarten where lessons are conducted in Maori.

    • ‘There are kindergartens, kohanga reo, playcentres, private centres, and community-owned centres.’
    • ‘I am proud of our health workers, just as I am proud of all those people in pre-schools, primary schools, kohanga reo, kura, and universities who are providing those basic services that all New Zealanders need.’
    • ‘I ask our Maori members why we do not leave it to the kohanga reo, to the kura kaupapa, and to all the programmes the polytechs currently run.’
    • ‘It's the kohanga reo and the kids that have lost out.’
    • ‘Would attending a well-resourced kohanga reo have saved her?’

Origin

Maori, literally ‘language nest’.

Pronunciation

kohanga reo

/kəˌhaŋə ˈreɪəʊ/