Māori Language Week

Māori Language Week


Māori Language Week

Rāhina 27 o Hōngongoi – Rāmere 2 Hereturikōkā
Monday 27 July – Friday 2  August

Ko te reo te manawapou o te Māori
Mā te kōrero te reo e ora ai
Mā te ora o te reo ka rangatira te tangata

This week New Zealand is celebrating Māori Language Week. The Māori language is unique to New Zealand and is the foundation of Māori culture. The first Māori Language Day was held in 1975, and later became Māori Language Week. The aim is to promote the use of Te Reo Māori in the homes and families of New Zealand, and in everyday situations.

The theme for Māori Language Week 2015 is ‘Whāngaihia te Reo ki ngā Mātua’ (‘Nurture the Language in Parents’) and ‘Whāngaihia te Reo’ (‘Nurture the Language’).

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, or the Māori Language Commission, has launched several campaigns for this year’s Language Week. Among them are ‘Ngā Rerengā Kōrero o te Wiki’ (‘The Phrase of the Week’) introducing a new and simple phrase each week to encourage te reo Māori in the home and in everyday situations, for instance: “Are you tired?” “Kei te hiamoe koe?” or “I will help you” “Māku koe e āwhina”. 

For any language to thrive it requires regular and meaningful use. The new campaign uses phrases that provide instant and natural examples of Māori language for use by parents and caregivers with children, but which are also relevant in other situations.

The Taura Whiri is also publishing bilingual posters, audio files and banners for this year’s Language week. They can be ordered at: http://www.tetaurawhiri.govt.nz

NZTC International supports Māori Language Week and will be encouraging the use of Te Reo in the workplace during the week.‘Ko tōku reo tōku ohooho, ko tōku reo tōku māpihi maurea, ko tōku reo tōku whakakai marihi.’

These words speak of the language as my inspiration, my treasured possession, and the window to my soul.