Māori Language Week has been celebrated each year from 1975. September 14 and commemorates the presentation of the 1972 Māori language petition to parliament.
Why a week? Why not a year? Why not a decade? A century?
Because New Zealand is revitalising the Māori language and a part of that is celebration of our success and promoting te reo Māori. Māori language week is an opportunity for concentrated celebration, promotion and encouragement. And every minute of every hour of every day is a Māori language minute – we can choose to use te reo – every time we do, even just a ‘Kia ora!’ contributes to revitalisation.
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori is becoming a major fixture on the national calendar providing an opportunity for concentrated promotion, raising awareness and giving an opportunity for expert and advanced speakers to encourage others on their te reo Māori journey.
‘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’ we’re saying - ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong'.
Strength for an endangered language comes from its status, people being aware of how to support revitalisation, people acquiring and using it and from the language having the right words and terms to be used well for any purpose.
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2020 dates have not been released yet. Please stay tuned on our website and social media channels for updates.
In 2020 we hosted the first Māori Language Moment due to covid-19 impacting our ability to host large gatherings, like parades. We are invited all New Zealanders to join us in a nationwide virtual Māori Language Moment at 12pm on Monday 14 September 2020: remembering the moment in 1972 when the Māori Language Petition was presented to parliament calling for te reo to be taught in our schools. Our aim was to get 1 million people taking part in the Māori Language Moment, a nod to our audacious 2040 goal of 1 million speakers of te reo. We achieved this and got over 1 million participants, creating the largest, single celebration of te reo Māori in history.
Following on from the success of the Wā Tuku Reo, we continue to sign people up to a bigger movement, Te Rangaihi Reo Māori | The Māori Language Movement.
Learn more and watch some moments.
Our new website will provide support all the time not just during Māori Language Week. Our revamped site www.reomaori.co.nz is a te reo Māori hub available all year long:not just during Māori Language Week, this is still being worked on. For our full list of online resources see here.
We only use merchandise for giveaways and promotions. They are not for sale. If you want to be notified when we have a giveaway going you can stay up-to-date using the methods below:
Go to www.reomaori.co.nz/ideas for ideas on how to get involved and do something in and for te reo Māori. There are many great ideas or your organisation or kura to do something for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, or all year round! Think about a language plan.
Our www.reomaori.co.nz/events page will features an events calendar where you can find events near you or upload your own events.
Since 2017 the Mahuru Māori campaign has challenged New Zealanders to speak only te reo Māori throughout the month of September or Mahuru. You can register athttps://www.mahurumaori.com/. Mahuru Māori is an initiative conceived and run by Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.
Yes, but there are rules. Our logo and branding guidelines are available here https://www.tetaurawhiri.govt.nz/en/te-reo-maori/corporate-branding-kit/.
Go onto our www.reomaori.co.nz/events and register on our events calendar.
Te reo Māori remains endangered. The Māori Language Commission was created to revitalise te reo Māori and plays a lead role in the Māori Language Strategy or the Maihi Karauna.
The Māori Language Petition was presented to parliament on the 14 September 1972, this date then became Māori Language Day.
In 1975 the week beginning 14 September became Māori Language Week.
Mahuru Māori was launched in 2017, it challenges fluent speakers to speak te reo throughout the month of September.
Reo Māori is a website that will support learners and supporters throughout the year not just in September.