Māori Language Commission | Te Wiki o te Reo Māori [Māori Language Week]

Ngā mihi o te ahiahi, (Good afternoon,)

This week, we celebrate Te Wiki o te reo Māori, Māori Language Week, which has been celebrated each year since 1975. September 14th commemorates the presentation of the 1972 Māori language petition to parliament. The Māori Language Commission is inviting New Zealand workplaces to celebrate te reo and join this year’s Māori Language Moment at 12pm on Tuesday 14th September from wherever you are.

The event, which can happen in person or online, is part of Te wiki o te reo Māori (Māori Language Week) which runs from 13 - 19 September 2021. All you have to do is something in te reo Māori:

  • Ako (Learning)
  • Kōrero (Speaking)
  • Waiata (Singing)
  • Whakarongo (Listening)

Over 1 million people have already joined the movement, register here.

‘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’ it's translated to - ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong'.

This week you are encouraged to have a go, here are some phrase cards and you can find a variety of other resources here.

Kiapai te rā! (Have a good day!)

Kia Kaha Te Reo Māori [Give Te Reo a go!]