Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week 2022

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) is on from 12 ki 18 Mahuru (12 to 18 September). Join in with Ngā Kete Wānanga o Ōtautahi (Christchurch City Libraries) and our efforts to strengthen te reo Māori.

Bilingual story cards

New bilingual story starter cards are available for sale at libraries for $19 from Monday 12 September. Justice shows you how to play ...

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori events at Libraries

Te Mahi a Hine Rēhia - Poi Making
Monday 12 September 3.30pm to 4.30pm
He Hononga | Ground Floor, Tūranga

Maranga mai ngā pūmanawa o te ao whānui o Aotearoa! Weaving together the strands of Hine Rehia. Nau mai, tauti mai, come along and join us as we wrap our minds around the art that is poi making.  Come share some kōrero (discussions) and experiences as well as getting familiar with our poi. You’re never too old or too young to learn to make or play with poi. Find us on the high table in front of the lifts on He Hononga.|
Check the listing in our events calendar

Ngā Pakiwaitara - Bilingual Storytimes
Tuesday 13 September 10.30am to 11am
Wāhi Whānau | Family Place, Hapori | Community, Level 1

Ngā Pakiwaitara is our Māori Bilingual Storytimes. To celebrate te wiki o te Reo Māori we have an interactive programme including cool Māori stories and waiata/songs. Our Māori bilingual storytimes run every Tuesday from 10.30am to 11am.
Check the listing in our events calendar

Wharewhare ki Riverside - Bingo at Riverside
Tuesday 13 September 12noon to 1pm
Riverside Market, Level 2

Come and have fun at our Bilingual Bingo at Riverside Market. Join us for fun, learning and prizes. All whānau welcome! Free, no bookings required.
Check the listing in our events calendar


Waiatatia ngā manu-tioriori o te Kaunihera - Māori Songs
Wednesday 14 September 9am to 10am
Auaha Hīhī | Spark Place, He Hononga, ground floor, Tūranga

Me he manu rere, e rere mai ana ki ngā hau e whā, kia piri ai ngā hau. Come in and listen to our whānau of the Christchurch City Council as they fill our space within our library once again with the sounds of Tānerore and Hine Rēhia. It’s an awesome chance to learn and share experiences with us all so come on in to Auaha Hīhī | Spark Place.
Check the listing in our events calendar

After school activity zone
Wednesday 14 September 3.30pm to 4.30pm
Aranui Library

Come and have fun at our Bilingual Afterschool Activity Zone at Aranui Library. Get your Gamezone on and join us. There's a variety of activities including technology, crafts and games in a fun learning environment. All whānau welcome! Free, no bookings required.
Check the listing in our events calendar

Wharewhare ki Riverside - Bingo at Riverside
Thursday 15 September 12noon to 1pm
Riverside Market, Level 2

Come and have fun at our Bilingual Bingo at Riverside Market. Join us for fun, learning and prizes. All whānau welcome! Free, no bookings required.
Check the listing in our events calendar

After school activity zone
Thursday 15 September 3.30pm to 4.30pm
Linwood Library

Come and have fun at our Bilingual Afterschool Activity Zone. Get your Gamezone on and join us. There's a variety of activities including technology, crafts and games in a fun learning environment. All whānau welcome! Free, no bookings required.
Check the listing in our events calendar

Ngā Pakiwaitara ki Riverside - Bilingual Storytimes at Riverside
Friday 16 September 11am to 12noon
Riverside Market, Level 2

Areare mai o koutou taringa tamariki mā! This year, to celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, Tuahine Justice has decided to hīkoi down to Riverside Market where you’ll find her swinging her poi, talking to Ruru and her manu friends as well as sharing some stories with us all. Come one, come all and feel free to bring your kai in (just don’t let Tuahine Justice pinch your kai!).
Check the listing in our events calendar

Mystery Movie at Ōrauwhata: Bishopdale Library
Friday 16 September 3pm to 5.45pm

Nau mai, haere mai, tautī mai rā e te whānau ki Ōrauwhata Community Hall. Come one and come all and celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori with us as we dive and sail the ocean of adventure. Bring your snacks along for the journey as well as your tamariki, or maybe just yourself! Doors open around 3pm and we will kick everything off from 3:30pm.
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Ngā Pakiwaitara ki Te Puna o Waiwhetū
Saturday 17 September 11am to 11.45am
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū

Kia tū, kia oho, kia mataara tamariki mā! To celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, Tuahine Justice has decided to go on a haerenga to Te Puna o Waiwhetū, The Art Gallery. You’ll find her lost in the moving images of the world of art, talking to Ruru and her Manu friends and more importantly, sharing with us all some waiata, some stories and a taonga to take home with you. Bring your whānau in and enjoy the morning exploring the world of the unknown here in Te Puna o Waiwhetū.
Check the listing in our events calendar


Whakarongo Listen Up! Ōtautahi Spring Holiday Trail

Starts Monday 12 September. Follow the map to discover a world of surprising sounds and music in four of Ōtautahi Christchurch’s favourite places.

Complete the activities in this booklet (it might take more than one day to finish them all) and get a stamp on the back page from each venue.

  • Tūranga
  • Canterbury Museum
  • Christchurch Botanic Gardens Te Māra Huaota o Waipapa
  • Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū

Pick up a booklet from one of these four locations, or download a Ōtautahi spring holiday trail PDF [2.1MB PDF]


Te Wiki o te Reo Māori with Justice

Read Justice's posts highlighting waiata, kupu, and whakataukī  - Celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori!

 


Commemorate the 50th anniversary of te Petihana Reo Māori

This year is extra special as 14 September marks the 50th anniversary of the Māori Language Petition, an event that led to many of the kaupapa we have today, including Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. Join a livestream parliament event to commemorate the anniversary and celebrate Te Wā Tuku Reo Māori at midday Wednesday 14 September. Learn more

Mahuru Māori

27 August to 26 September

Mahuru Māori challenges individuals and groups to set and achieve reo Māori goals for the entire month from greeting everyone in te reo Māori to speaking solely in te reo Māori. Learn more.


Practise Te Reo Māori at the Library

Our māu e tuku (self issue) machines will display in te reo Māori as their default option for Te wiki o te reo Māori.  Ask our friendly staff if you need them to āwhina (help) you.

There are a variety of language options on our self-issue machines including Te Reo Māori.
There are a variety of language options on our self-issue machines including Te Reo Māori.

Learn a new kupu (word) by reading our the Māori name of your local library.

Take our Te Reo Māori quiz

Want to test your reo? Our quick online quiz will test your knowledge of Māori kupu (words). Do you have what it takes to get an A? Our quiz is a perfect Māori Language Moment activity too. 

Download fun te reo activities for kids

Print these at home for some kupu (word) fun for kids.

Te Papa Tongarewa also have a Te reo Māori pukapuka mahi (Māori language activity book) to download suitable for kids 5-10 years.

Find Te Reo Māori resources at the library

There are many resources available for anyone wanting to strengthen their te reo Māori knowledge, for both adults and children. 

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori eResources

List created by CCLMāoriServices






Want more? View the Full List
or listen to some waiata Māori (Māori songs) in our streaming music collection.

More resources

We've also made lists of modern classic picture books in Te Reo Māori and Māori stories for older children.

Some other places you might like to try include:

Related information

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