Te Wiki o te Reo Māori , Māori Language Week

Ka whakanuia Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori i te Mahuru o ia tau. Tirohia tōna pūtake me tō whai wāhi atu.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori — Māori Language Week is celebrated in September each year. Find out what it's about and how to participate.

Close-up of a coffee cup and a pamphlet on how to order coffee in te reo Māori

"E ngā mātāwaka, e ngā tai e whā o te motu, ka rere kaupare atu ngā mihi matihere ki a koutou katoa. Arā a Matariki ka rewamai i te pae, hei wānangatanga, hei whakariterite, hei titiro whakamua. Kia tau iho ngā manaakitanga ki a tātou katoa i tēneiwā."

Māori Language Week has been marked and celebrated every year since 1975. This year it runs from 13 to 19 September 2021.

The Māori Language Act 1987 declared te reo Māori to be an official language of New Zealand. This led to the establishment of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (the Māori Language Commission) to promote te reo Māori.

Find out more about Te Wiki o te reo Māori on Te Taura Whiri te Reo Māori (The Māori Language Commission) website

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori events at Massey

Play ‘Kotahi te Kupu’ with us!

He whakataetae ā-hinengaro! A test of intellect!

Are you up for a challenge? Ko koe hei kawe i te mānuka?

Hei whakanui i Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori — In celebration of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, Māori@Massey will be running the competition ‘Kotahi te Kupu’.

The competition will test your general knowledge and te reo Māori. It will run each day of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, from Monday 13 September to Friday 17 September.

‘Kotahi te Kupu’ is a Māori spin on the popular 4pics1word game where you are given 4 pictures and using the letters provided you must guess the one Māori word that each picture has in common. The dashes below the pictures give you a clue as to how many letters are in the word needed — with the NG and WH in Māori counting as one dash.

How to enter

A new picture will be added to this page at 10am each day. Email your answer to s.l.mckeagg@massey.ac.nz by 9pm. Be sure to play each day this week to give yourself more chances to win.

Winners

Each day a name will be drawn from the entries. We will then notify the winner. Prizes consist of books and Māori@Massey merchandise. There are prizes to be won each day with a final prize for the overall winner.

Monday 13 September picture

The answer for this picture was 'kōrero'. Scroll down to see the pictures for other days.

Kotahi te Kupu competition image

Tuesday 14 September picture

The answer for this picture was 'pānui'.

Kotahi te Kupu image

Wednesday 15 September picture

The answer for this picture was ' whakarongo'.

Kotahi te Kupu image

Thursday 16 September picture

The answer for this picture was 'waiata'.

Kotahi te Kupu image

Friday 17 September picture

The answer for this picture was 'tākaro'.

Kotahi te Kupu image

Suggestions about how to celebrate

For Māori language to flourish it needs to be spoken in everyday situations. For a range of suggestions on what you, your colleagues or whānau (family) can do to celebrate Māori Language Week, and Māori language visit the ReoMāori website.

Here are some ideas you might like to try:

  • answer your phone or greet people with ‘Kia ora’
  • attend one of the events at your campus
  • get a Māori dictionary and learn a word each day
  • practice what you learn as often as possible
  • play cards in te reo
  • use the Māori name for your college in correspondence
  • try out some kīwaha (idioms and colloquailisms).

You can also visit our Te reo Māori pronunciation and translations page for information about:

  • pronunciation
  • using te reo in letters and emails
  • ordering coffee in te reo Māori
  • Māori proverbs
  • karakia (incantation)
  • te reo translations for common objects
  • kīwaha (idioms and colloquialisms).

Māori names for Massey colleges

Massey Business School — Te Kura Whai Pākihi

College of Creative Arts — Toi Rauwhārangi

College of Health — Te Kura Hauora Tangata

College of Humanities and Social Sciences — Te Kura Pūkenga Tangata

College of Science — Te Wāhanga Pūtaiao

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Ngā rauemi reo Māori me te tikanga Māori
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