Te Reo Māori
Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori and Mahuru Māori are initiatives to encourage all New Zealanders to celebrate Te Reo Maori, which are celebrated annually in September. This year Mahuru Māori is observed 7 September–6 October, and Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 13–19 September 2021.
E ako ki te ora, e ora ki te ako | Learn to live, live to learn
— nā Sean Bennett Ogden
He reo whai mana ā-ture te reo Māori ki Aotearoa. Ehara ia i te reo nō whenua kē atu i tō tātou. Tōu reo, tō tātou reo.
E whā ngā mātāpono matua koia nei ngā pou toko i moemoea o te tangata whenua o te rohe nei.
Ko Te Reo Māori te mātāpono tuarua.
Koia tēnei ko te reo o te tangata whenua, te waka kawe i te tikanga, i te kawa me te taha wairua. He reo whaimana te reo Māori nō Aotearoa. He taonga kāmehameha tuku iho nā ō mātou tūpuna Māori. Me mātua poipoi te reo i ngā kokonga katoa o te hapori kia tūhauora anō. Me akiaki hoki ngā whakatupuranga kei te heke mai kia hāpai, kia kōrero i te reo.
Ko Te Tino Rangatira te mātāpono tuawhā.
Kia noho ko mātou tonu ngā Rangatira, ngā kaiwhakahaere i te katoa o ā mātou kawenga ā-iwi, o ā mātou kaupapa ā-iwi. E mau mai ana ki te wawata ngā whakaaro. Koia tētehi o ngā whakaaro – kia āhei noa te tangata ki te kōrero Māori, ki te kōrero Pākehā, kāori he māharahara ki tāna e kōwhiri ai, e tū ai tātou hei hapori Reorua pakari tonu.
Te Reo Māori (along with New Zealand Sign) has special legal status as an official language of Aotearoa New Zealand, even though English is the most widely spoken language.
Mana Whenua base their vision for the Kāpiti Coast district on four principles, which include the importance of te Reo Māori, and that people feel comfortable using both te Reo Māori and te Reo Pākehā (English), supporting us as a bilingual community.
In the Long-term Plan 2021–41, Council restated their commitment to partnership with Mana Whenua, and that as part of this partnership we’ll continue building capability and increasing knowledge and understanding of Te Reo Māori and Te Ao Māori.
Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori has been celebrated each year since 1975. Māori Language Day is 14 September and commemorates the presentation of the 1972 Māori language petition to Parliament.
Why a week? Why not a year? Why not a decade? A century?
New Zealand is revitalising the Māori language and part of that is celebrating our success and promoting te Reo Māori. Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 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 Māori – every time we do, even just a ‘Kia ora!’ contributes to revitalisation.
Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori is 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.
Goals of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori
- 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.
The Māori Language Moment is marked annually at midday on Māori Language Day, 14 September. Everyone is encouraged to speak, sing, listen, read or learn te Reo Māori at the same time, to set a new world record for the greatest number of people speaking and celebrating an endangered Indigenous language at the same time.
You can find out more at ReoMāori.co.nz.
Mahuru Māori began in 2017 to promote the use of te Reo Māori through September. While Mahuru is often translated as September, following the Maramataka (Māori lunar calendar), in 2021 Mahuru runs 7 September to 6 October, so this celebration of te Reo Māori follows these dates.
During Mahuru Māori you can create your own personal wero (challenge) to include more Te Reo Māori in your day. It can be anything that helps you speak more Māori – an hour, half the day, all day every day, or using Māori greetings and farewells. Check out the Mahuru Māori challenge finder or the Māori Phrase a Day Facebook group for ideas, and get a team together with friends, whānau or workmates.
Mā tātou katoa te reo Māori e whakarauora:
Everyone can contribute to te Reo Māori revitalisation:
Why not have a go at Te Reo Māori?
More videos will be added throughout the year, incorporating Te Reo phrases from Te Taura Whiri I Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Commission).
Council has an enduring partnership with tāngata whenua embedded through the Memorandum of Partnership and the partnership committee Te Whakaminenga o Kāpiti. This committee has defined a vision for the district which includes four principles, the second of which outlines Te Reo as:
- the language of the tāngata whenua through which tikanga is conveyed and kawa and wairua expressed
- an official language of New Zealand and a deeply treasured taonga left by our Māori ancestors
- needing to be nurtured throughout all levels of the community
- a language which should continue to prosper and be spoken by future generations.
Order your coffee in te Reo Māori. The 11th video in the series of Ākina Te Reo – Give Te Reo Māori a go!
See our Ākina Te Reo playlist on YouTube for more Te Reo Māori videos.
'The theme Kia ora te Reo Māori was chosen to celebrate New Zealand’s indigenous greeting, and also as the words ‘Kia Ora’ are an exact description of the intent of the new partnerships for te Reo Māori revitalisation between the Crown and Māori under the new Māori Language Act 2016.'
Te Whakaminenga o Kāpiti, celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori at their partnership committee meeting in September. Kia ora 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!
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!