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 The 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. This page highlights te reo Māori resources and links to library events celebrating Māori Language Week.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori - Māori Language Week 2020

In 2020, Te Wiki o te Reo Māori will run from 14 ki 20 Mahuru (14 to 20 September).

The theme is:

Kia Kaha te Reo Māori - Let's make the Māori language strong

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Māori Language Week: 14-20 September 2020 The Māori Language Commission has marked Waitangi Day by formally announcing the dates and theme for this year’s Māori Language Week: 14-20 September 2020. September 14 marks the day in 1972 when the petition for te reo Māori was presented to parliament. The Treaty was first written in te reo Māori, first debated in te reo Māori and first explained in te reo Māori. The Waitangi Tribunal paved the way for the first and later Māori language laws establishing a partnership between the Crown and hapū and iwi for the revitalisation of te reo Māori. Waitangi Day is like every day – a Māori language day. With just 244 sleeps until Māori language week starting on the 14th of September 2020, Waitangi Day is a great day for all to plan celebrations of New Zealand’s own language. The theme remains: Kia Kaha te Reo Māori! (And yes we know there’s another event during that week!), opens a new window

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Our Te Reo resources

Te Reo Māori resources
Dictionaries, grammar books, courses and other resources to help you learn te reo Māori.
Te Reo Māori web resources
Links to online resources and websites about te reo Māori, and te reo learning tools.
Cover of Te anuhe tino hiakaiTe Ao Maori for tamariki
Māori resources for tamariki to get crafty, read and learn te reo Māori, and explore.
Te Reo Māori courses
Search CINCH for community courses in the greater Christchurch area.
A Beginner’s Kete
Learn the basics of the Māori language. A printable version is available for download.

More Te Reo Māori resources

Māori Language Week – Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
The homepage of Māori Language Week.
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.

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