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Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2021

September 17, 2021 at 3:02 PM

From the NZFVC 

Nau maihaere mai ki Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori! Te Wiki o te Reo Māori is 13 - 19 Mahuru (September) this year. The theme for 2021 is 'Kia Kaha te Reo Māori' - 'Let’s make the Māori language strong'. 

Māori Language Week has been celebrated each year from 1975. This year more than 1 million people joined the Māori Language Moment on 14 September. The 14 September event commemorates the presentation of the 1972 Māori language petition to parliament. 

Māori Language Commissioner, Professor Rawinia Higgins, wrote in an open letter to Aotearoa: 

"We were anxious not to put pressure on people this Māori Language Week because there are so many things we are being asked to do. It isn’t always easy to live in lockdown, separated from the people and places who make us who we are.   

However, we also know that in our hardest times, New Zealanders turn to our first language for comfort and solidarity. For manaakitanga and kotahitanga." 

Find ideas and resources to participate on 

Te Reo Māori is also being celebrated with Mahuru Māori - a challenge to speak as much te reo Māori as you can for the month of September. Mahuru Māori is a reo challenge that came about as a personal social experiment by Paraone Gloyne in 2014. 


He pai tēnei rauemi ipurangi – These are good online resources to check out:   

  • Kia kaha te Reo Māori – give it a go with these phrases.   

  • Hui-ā-Ipurangi – Challenge yourself and your hoamahi to use some of these phrases in your Zoom or Huitima calls this week!   

  • Some great Te Wiki o te Reo Māori resources for students, including tamariki and rangatahi ki kōnei. 

  • AUT te Reo Māori lecturer Hemi Kelly has an awesome podcast called Everyday Māori – short episodes and simple phrases and kupuWhakarongo mai ki kōnei.

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