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Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

September 9, 2019 - September 15, 2019

Māori Language week has been celebrated each year from 1975.

Māori Language Day is September 14 and commemorates the presentation of the 1972 Māori language petition to parliament.

Mahuru Māori is an initiative begun in 2017 to promote the use of te reo Māori throughout the month of September.

Why a week? Why not a year? Why not a decade? A century?

Because New Zealand is revitalising the Māori language and a part of that is celebration of our success and promoting te reo Māori. Māori language week is an opportunity for concentrated celebration, promotion and encouragement. And every minute of every hour of every day is a Māori language minute – we can choose to use te reo – every time we do, even just a ‘Kia ora!’ contributes to revitalisation.

Te Wiki o te reo Māori is becoming a major fixture on the national calendar providing an opportunity for concentrated promotion, raising awareness and giving an opportunity for expert and advanced speakers to encourage others on their te reo Māori journey.

What can I do?

Mā tātou katoa te reo Māori e whakarauora:

Whakatauhia te reo Māori ki te wāhi mahi me te hapori
Whakahau i ētahi atu ki te kōrero, ki te ako hoki i te reo Māori; whakauruamai hoki te reo Māori ki tōu ao
Kia tika tonu te whakahua i te kupu Māori i ngā wā e kōrero Pākehā ana
Ahakoa iti, akona, kōrerohia
Kia nui ake te ako ka kōrero ai
Whāia te ara poutama o te reo ka tohatoha ai.
Everyone can contribute to te reo Māori revitalisation:

Make te reo welcome at work and in the community
Encourage others to use and learn te reo Māori; welcome Māori language into your life
Pronounce Māori words correctly when speaking English
Learn a little, use a little
Learn more, and use what you know
Keep improving your language, and share what you know
Check out some ideas.

It also gives organisations a time to ask: what are we doing, and what could we be doing to promote revitalisation and at the same time support our business.

What can my organisation do? Think about a language plan.


Connected Educator Team