Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori - Māori Language Week

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week 2022

Celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) with events and activities at the library, and explore our te reo Māori resources.

Bilingual Story Cards

Ignite imagination and improve literacy with our bilingual story cards for tamariki.

Each card in the pack has an image and the word in te reo Māori and English. What a great way to learn and practise your te Reo! Players use their cards to create a story together.

Play alone or with a group of any size. Work together to support players who feel less confident. There’s no winner, and there’s no right or wrong!

This game celebrates creativity and improvisation – all ideas are welcome. Find out more.

Story cards are available at libraries for $19.

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]

About Te Wiki o te Reo Māori - Māori Language Week

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week has been celebrated in New Zealand since 1975. It acknowledges and celebrates the Māori language as a unique cultural treasure for all New Zealanders.

Te reo Māori has its origins in East Polynesia. The language is closely related to Tahitian and Cook Islands Māori and to a lesser degree to Hawaiian and Marquesan. In recent years, the use of te reo Māori has become more prevalent and people are working hard to ensure the language is rejuvenated and preserved for future generations.

Each year Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori (Māori Language Commission) sets a theme for the week, and a range of activities, promotions, and events encouraging the use of te reo Māori take place around the country.

In the catalogue

Te reo Māori

Te reo Māori at the library

Bilingual signage at Christchurch City Libraries

A list of all te reo Māori signage terms in use throughout our libraries.

Māori library names

All of our libraries have te reo Māori names. The history and stories behind these names, and audio to help with pronunciation.

Te Reo Māori option on māu e tuku (self issue machines)

Sep 09, 2021
Kia ora. For Te Wiki o te reo Māori / Māori Language Week, māu e tuku (self issue machines) will be set to te reo Māori.

Issue books in te reo Māori

All our libraries have self checkout machines with a te reo Māori option.

More Te Reo Māori resources

Māori Language Week – Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
A history of Māori Language Week – Te Wiki o te Reo Māori from nzhistory.net.nz.

100 Māori words every New Zealander should know
This useful resource includes sound files of the words being read out from nzhistory.net.nz.

Previous Te Wiki o te Reo Māori celebrations

Flickr gallery of Māori Language Week at Libraries

Photos: Te wiki o te reo Māori in libraries

Photos of Māori Language Week performances, events, and displays at libraries.
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