Māori Language Week

Māori Language Week


Māori Language Week

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa

This week we celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, a week-long celebration of the indigenous language of Aotearoa New Zealand that will run from 4 July until 10 July. This celebration began in 1975 and has taken place each year since. The theme of this year’s activities is ‘Ākina to reo’, which is about using te reo Māori to support and inspire people.

Although Māori has been an official language of New Zealand since 1987, te reo Māori is still a vulnerable language, so initiatives like Māori Language Week are a great way to promote the language at a national level. Māori-language schools, Māori radio stations and a Māori television channel have been steadily growing in popularity over recent years. According to the national Census undertaken in 2013 there are some 125,000 speakers of Māori in New Zealand.

To find out more about Māori Language Week check out http://www.tetaurawhiri.govt.nz/

Tau kē Aotearoa!

New Zealand, you’re awesome!