Te Wiki o te Reo | Māori Māori Language Week

September 10th-14th

Theme: Kia Kaha te Reo Māori

‘Kia Kaha’ is well known in New Zealand meaning ‘be strong’. We’re talking about language health, strength and revitalisation. So when we say ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ we’re saying -‘Let’s make the Māori language strong’!

“Strength for an endangered language comes from its status, people being aware of how to support revitalisation, people acquiring and using it and from the language having the right words and terms to be used well for any purpose.”
Source: Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori

Wellington Events

Māori Language Parade

10th September 2018

The hīkoi will start at 12pm at Parliament grounds and continue through the centre of town to ‘Te Ngākau’ (Civic Square).

The organisers, The Māori Language Commission, are hoping for bright, colourful and themed parade with walkers and floats dressed to celebrate te reo Māori.

The Dowse Art Museum

10th -16th Sep, 10am – 5pm ǀ Free

Drop into The Hive – a family lounge and discover puzzles, stories, crafts and activities to explore and celebrate Te Reo Māori.

National Library – Children’s Stories and Sustainable Art

Te Ahumairangi Ground Floor, Saturday 15 September 2018 10:30am – 12:30pm

Fun for mokopuna and tamariki. Enjoy stories in English and te reo Māori and to make some great earth friendly art!

Learn from our resident story teller. Resident story teller Watene Kaihua will present interactive te reo stories where tamariki can learn new words and have fun.

Make a kete or poi from recycled materials, do some colouring in or make a mask of an Atua (Māori god).

About Te Wiki o te Reo

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori is a government-sponsored initiative intended to encourage New Zealanders to promote the use of the Māori language, which, along with English and New Zealand Sign Language, is an official language of the country. Māori Language Week is part of a broader revival of the Māori language.

It has been celebrated since 1975 and is currently spearheaded by Te Puni Kōkiri (the Ministry of Māori Development) and the Māori Language Commission, with many organizations including schools, libraries, and government departments participating.
Source: Wikipedia