(From left) Kaihautu Māori Sheeanda Field with Senior Māori advisor Jacob Tapiata demonstrate the Māori scrabble game

July is Māori Language Month at Massey University

Massey University considers the revitalisation of Māori as a language so important it is extending Māori Language Week to a month of activities.

Te Marama o Te Reo Māori kicks off on Wednesday, with events including Māori movies, waiata sessions, guest speakers and giant Māori scrabble games on all campuses

A highlight on the Auckland campus is a weaving workshop by local harakeke specialist Judy Te Hiwi, who will also conduct a tour through the campus native bush garden on July 21.

A Treaty on the Ground conference, run jointly by the University and the Auckland Museum from July 6-8, will discuss the 175th anniversary of the Treaty of Waitangi. The conference provides a forum to discuss how the treaty will affect future Māori and Pākeha relationships. More information is available here.

The Treaty is also the topic of this year’s Sir Paul Reeves Memorial Lecture, being given by Professor David Williams on July 21 at the Sir Neil Waters Lecture Theatre. More information is available here.

Students will be able to test their Te Reo skills on giant scrabble boards, called Ketukupu, set up in the library each weekday, or try the online quiz, Kotahi te kupu.

A highlight on the Wellington campus will be a presentation on July 15 on the significance of the star Puanga (Rigel). It is the rise of this star rather than the Matariki constellation that marks the beginning of the Māori New Year in parts of Taranaki, Northland, the West Coast of Te Waipounamu and Rekohu/Wharekauri. The session is run by the Society for Māori Astronomy, Research and Traditions Trust. To book your place, visit the website.

For a calendar of all Te Marama o Te Reo Māori events on at Massey University, or to book your place at events, visit the website.

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