This year Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) is on from 10 to 16 Mahuru (September).
The theme for this year's Māori Language Week is -
Kia kaha te reo Māori - Let’s make the Māori language strong
Join in with Ngā Kete Wānanga o Ōtautahi (Christchurch City Libraries) and our efforts to strengthen te reo Māori.
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori events at the library
We'll be celebrating Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori with a range of events taking place during te wiki.
During te wiki our normal Wā Kōrero (Storytime) sessions for preschoolers will have added stories and songs in te reo Māori.
We'll be having a couple of Ngā Pakiwaitara (bilingual storytimes) sessions with even more te reo, delivered by Whaea Rochelle from our Ngā Ratonga Māori team.
- 10.30-11am, Tuesday 11 September, Shirley Library
- 11.15-11.45am, Wednesday 12 September, Upper Riccarton Library
And our wharewhare (housie) event at Linwood Library, 3.30-4.30pm Thursday 13 September is perfect for the whole whānau to join in with.
If you enjoy some waiata (and why wouldn't you?) head along to one of the kapa haka performances by local tamariki that we'll be hosting during the week.
Court Theatre in the Shelves
As part of New Zealand Theatre Month, during September actors from the Court Theatre will read extracts from their favourite Kiwi plays - including a very special Māori Language Week performance which will take place on Thursday, 13 September at Upper Riccarton Library at 10.30am, and at South Library at 3.30pm.
After their readings, the performers will tell you why they're drawn to the piece they perform, what it is to be a theatre practitioner in this country and answer any questions you might have. So, come along to see the best Kiwi theatre amongst the shelves at your local library.
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 some assistance.
Practise your reo at a library café
Order your drink of choice in te reo Māori at any of the cafés in our libraries (South, Upper Riccarton and Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre) or at The Kitchen café on the first floor of the Christchurch City Council building on Hereford Street and from 10 to 16 September you'll get an extra sweet treat to go with your drink. Need help with how to place your cafe order in te reo? Te Taura Whiri o Te Reo Māori (The Māori Language Commission) has produced this fantastic guide to awhi you.
— Taura Whiri (@reomaori) August 31, 2017
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.
In our catalogue
- Te Reo Māori resources A list of resources in our libraries for learning Te Reo Māori.
- Te Reo Māori resources for kids
- Reorua (bilingual) titles (children's and adults)
- Māori songs for children
- Non-fiction in Te Reo Māori
- Children’s books in Te Reo Māori
- Books on vocabulary for children
Some other places you might like to try include:
- Te Reo Māori courses Search CINCH for community courses in the greater Christchurch area.
- Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori (Māori Language Commission) resources
- 100 Māori words every New Zealander should know This useful resource includes sound files of the words being read out from nzhistory.net.nz.
- Video clips and language learning resources from Ngai Tahu's Generation Reo.
- Māori words and phrases from Māori Language.Net, includes commands, phrases to use with children, months of the year, greetings and more.
- Te Papa Tongarewa have a Te reo Māori pukapuka mahi (Māori language activity book) to download suitable for kids 5-10 years
If you know of other resources, events or initiatives in Ōtautahi to help people celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, please feel free to let us know about them in the comments below.