What is Maori Language Week?

Maori Language Week 2018 dates

Maori Language week is from the 10 - 16 of September 2018. September 14 is Maori Language day.

What is Maori Language Week?

Maori Language Week or te Wiki o te reo Maori, promotes the use of Maori Language within New Zealand. One of the three official languages of New Zealand, Maori Language Week is a Government initiative that supports the revival and public awareness for Maori Language use across New Zealand.

Each year, there’s a Maori Language theme, with this year’s theme being ‘Kia Kaha Te Reo Maori’ (making Maori strong) in English.

How can I be a part of Maori Language Week?

Individuals, communities, schools, companies and organisations can all take part in Maori Language Week. Simply integrating the use of Maori in everyday language helps New Zealand’s native language build towards a stronger future.

Maori Language Week Resources

Each year, the Maori Language commission works hard to create resources in Te Reo Maori for all to use. These include learn a Maori word a day, learning Maori pronunciation and learning Maori place names, just to name a few.

Here are a few resources you can try. See how you can include these into your daily activities, perhaps you could try signing off emails with a Maori word, or use Maori greetings when interacting for others.

What about the rest of the year?

Of course Maori Language Week promotes the use of Te Reo Maori every day. Try your best to continue using Te Reo during the year, not just during Maori Language week!

Maori Language Week Greetings

A quick way to incorporate Maori Language into your week is to memorise these simple greetings.

-Kia Ora

-Tena Koe

-Morena

For tips on pronunciations, visit this website.

Maori Language Week for your kids

Getting your children using Te Reo is a fantastic way to bond with your kids and help them become more culturally aware. Did you know that learning a second language is good for kids too?

I recommend that you try reading your child a few bedtimes stories. Try the most well-known myths and legends like Maui and the Giant fish.