Celebrating te reo Māori

Kia Ora and Kia Kaha te Reo Māori! Today marks the beginning of Māori Language Week/Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2021, a week in which we embrace and celebrate the Māori language and culture!

The theme this year is Kia Kaha te Reo Māori – Let’s make the Māori language strong and tomorrow (Tuesday, 14 September), you can help to set the world record for people speaking and celebrating an Indigenous language at the same time.

At 12pm all of Aotearoa New Zealand is invited to stop and take a moment for te reo Māori and your moment can be as simple or as hard as you want it to be. You can do it on your own, or with your flatmates, workmates or whānau! Sing a song, get everyone together to learn their mihi, or even use Māori sign-offs in the office for the day. Whatever you do, it counts.

“While some New Zealanders remain bitterly opposed to change, the reality is they are a minority that is growing smaller by the day,” said Māori Language Commissioner, Professor Rawinia Higgins.

Take part and be a part of history!

This year marks 49 years since the Māori Language petition calling for te reo to be taught in our schools was presented to parliament.