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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.
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