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.

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"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.

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

A list of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori events for 2021 will be available later in the year.

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.

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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