Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

Ehara mai i tētahi āhua!. Ko te wiki o te reo Māori kei te haere mai, ā, kua whakatauria te tauākī nei, “Kia ora te reo Māori”, hei tāhuhu mō te wiki o te reo Māori. He maha ngā mahi puta noa i ngā motu, kia whakanuia ai te wiki o te reo Māori. Me whai wā tātou ki te kōrero Māori, ahakoa he paku noa, he kaitā rawa, kōrerotia!

Awesome! Māori language week is coming and the theme for this year is Kia ora te reo Māori which not only picks up our national greeting but means literally, ‘Let the Māori Language live’. There are lots of events around the country being held to celebrate the week. Let’s all find some time to speak Māori, no matter how great or small.

Celebrations are being held throughout the country this week to mark Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) 2017.

Since 1975, Te Wiki o te Reo Māori has provided all New Zealanders with a special opportunity to focus on enjoying, learning and using te reo Māori.

The theme for this year Kia ora te reo Māori, was chosen to celebrate New Zealand’s indigenous greeting, and also as the words ‘Kia Ora’ are an exact description of the intent of the new partnerships for te reo Māori revitalisation between the Crown and Māori under the new Māori Language Act 2016.

This week, join people who are giving te reo a go in schools, early childhood education services, in homes, at work, on the sports field and throughout the community.

Take a look at the resources prepared by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (the Māori Language Commission), and have a go at some simple everyday phrases.

Events are taking place up and down the country during the week. One of the biggest is the Te Wiki o te Reo Māori national launch parade being held in Wellington on 11 September. Local schools, ECE services and kohanga reo are coming out to show their support for the Māori language.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori is an important and fun opportunity to celebrate and learn te reo Māori. In doing so you are helping to secure its future as a living, dynamic, and rich language.


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