“Ko tōku reo tōku ohooho, ko tōku reo tōku mapihi mauria” My language is my precious gift, my object of affection and my prized ornament.
Tēna koutou katoa e Te Whānau Tupu Ngātahi o Aotearoa. Ka nui te mihi ki a koutou i runga i ngā tini āhuatanga o te wā.
Kei te harikoa e tata atu anō tātou ki te wā kia whakanui tō tātou reo rangatira, ā, he reo e ora ana, he reo e whakatipu ana i roto i te ngākau o te tangata.
Māhuru or September is a wonderful time of the year when we celebrate and honour the Māori language from 13-19 September. Te Reo Māori as our indigenous language is a unique taonga to be treasured by all New Zealanders.
This year, as part of Te wiki o Te Reo Māori we would like everyone no matter how big or small to participate in Māori language week, whether you are a mokopuna, mātua, kaiako, kaimahi or kaiwhakahaere, everybody no matter who or where you are, can contribute to Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori in Playcentre.
This year we have a Poi Atu Rā whakataetae- Pass the Poi competition for those who participate in our challenges being run during Māori language week. Let’s get together whānau and have fun with Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori!
Check out the Playcentre website for Poi making workshops, hosted by the Kaihononga Māori team. Poi workshops will be running in each region, so book your spot today. We will have a national challenge, going up on the website over the next few weeks, and we’ll be sharing whakataukī and kīwaha on our Facebook page throughout Te Wiki and right through September, so be sure to karawhiua – give it a go!
Kia kaha whānau, kia toa, kia manawanui. Ngā mihi me ngā manaakitanga o te wā.
Nā, Erana Rattray
Mā tātou katoa te reo Māori e whakarauora:
Everyone can contribute to te reo Māori revitalisation: