Te Wiki o te Reo Maori

Te Wiki o te Reo Maori

12 September 2022

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. Greetings to you all. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori happens in Mahuru/Hepetema (September). In 2022 Māori Language Week takes place 12 to 18 Mahuru/Hepetema.

Māori Language Week has been celebrated in Aotearoa since 1975. This special week is an opportunity for the concentrated celebration and promotion of te reo Māori, helping to secure its future as a living, dynamic, and rich language.

Here’s some ways you can observe Te Wiki o te Reo Māori:

Learn some new words - Make an effort to learn at least a dozen Māori words before the week is up. You can also label rooms and furniture in your home. To make it more fun, get a friend to join you in learning. This way you can practice communicating in Māori.

Correct your pronunciation - Many of us just say the words without even trying to pronounce them correctly. If you're not sure how to pronounce a word, ask a friend or look it up online. There are several videos up on YouTube that can help you through this.

Watch television - Watch a Māori children's show with your children and encourage them to repeat the words and phrases. They should get to explore the different cultures of the world.