Kia Kaha te Reo Māori
This year, Te Wiki o te Reo Māori is being celebrated 9 - 15 September. The theme will be 'Kia Kaha te Reo Māori'. 'Let's make the Māori language strong'.
Māori Language week has been celebrated each year from 1975. Māori Language Day is September 14 and commemorates the presentation of the 1972 Māori language petition to parliament.
Mahuru Māori is an initiative begun in 2017 to promote the use of te reo Māori throughout the month of September.
Why a week? Why not a year? Why not a decade? A century?
Because New Zealand is revitalising the Māori language and a part of that is celebration of our success and promoting te reo Māori. Māori language week is an opportunity for concentrated celebration, promotion and encouragement. And every minute of every hour of every day is a Māori language minute – we can choose to use te reo – every time we do, even just a ‘Kia ora!’ contributes to revitalisation.
Te Wiki o te reo Māori is becoming a major fixture on the national calendar providing an opportunity for concentrated promotion, raising awareness and giving an opportunity for expert and advanced speakers to encourage others on their te reo Māori journey.
What can I do?
Mā tātou katoa te reo Māori e whakarauora:
Everyone can contribute to te reo Māori revitalisation:
Kia Kaha Te Reo Māori
The chosen theme for 2019 is again 'Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’.
‘Kia Kaha’ is well understood in New Zealand English with its meaning of ‘be strong’. We often talk about languages as if they are people – 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.
Every New Zealander can help strengthen our language. We’re hoping that more organisations, companies and community groups than ever will plan to take part in Māori Language Week 2019. Kia Kaha!
Goals of Māori Language Week
- Create a positive environment for the use of Māori language.
- Promote Māori language initiatives and events.
- Encourage non-Māori speaking New Zealanders to use reo Māori.
- Encourage speakers of Māori to support others who are just starting out.
- Encourage community, business, government and media organisations to participate.
- Promote resources to make Māori language more accessible.
- Contribute to awareness of the Crown Māori Language Strategy and the Māori and iwi strategy that work together for revitalisation.
Head to Te Wiki o te Reo Māori website for more information and for downloadable resources for your workplace.
There will be light projections on exteriors of some key buildings around the capital – with The Embassy, Te Papa, and the Wellington Railway Station acting as canvasses for te Reo Māori phrases to raise awareness and encourage the public to learn, practice, and spark a conversation.
The projections will run for three hours from about 6pm (once it is dark).
- Te Papa, 9 – 13 Sept
- Railway Station, 9 – 13 Sept
- Embassy Cinema, 9 – 11, 13 - 14 September
- Mon 9 September, 12pm – Te Wiki o te Reo Māori Parade: Parliament Ground to Te Ngākau Civic Square
- Wed 11 September, 1.30-2.30 - Ruby (Kai Tahu) will give a special Te Reo Māori performance incorporating taonga pūoro: Paraparaumu Library
- Te Wiki o te Reo Māori at City Gallery Wellington
- Saturday 14 September, 10am - 1pm, Ōtaki Toy Library Party Whānau Day - Celebrating Te wiki o te Reo Māori
Nau mai kia tirotiro haeretia ngā wāhi o tō tatou nei rohe! Come along and have a look around places in our district!