Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – Māori Language week
9 – 15 Mahuru 2019 | 9-15 September 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. For more information about the history click here
The theme will be ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ following on from the success of last year. ‘Kia Kaha’ is well known in New Zealand English with its correct Māori meaning of ‘be strong’. We often talk about languages as if they are people – talking about language health, strength and revitalisation.
So when we say ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ we’re saying – ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong’.
“Strength for an endangered language comes from its status, people being aware of how to support revitalisation, people acquiring and using it and from the language having the right words and terms to be used well for any purpose.”
Goals of Māori Language Week
- Create a positive environment for the use of Māori language.
- Promote Māori language initiatives and events.
- Encourage non-Māori speaking New Zealanders to use reo Māori.
- Encourage speakers of Māori to support others who are just starting out.
- Encourage community, business, government and media organisations to participate.
- Promote resources to make Māori language more accessible.
- Contribute to awareness of the Crown Māori Language Strategy and the Māori and iwi strategy that work together for revitalisation.
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