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Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori - Māori Language Week

Elsie McRobb —

Māori Language week took place from Monday 13 September 2021 – Sunday 19 September 2021

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week has been celebrated in New Zealand since 1975. It acknowledges and celebrates the Māori language as a unique cultural treasure for all New Zealanders.

Te reo Māori has its origins in East Polynesia. The language is closely related to Tahitian and Cook Islands Māori and to a lesser degree to Hawaiian and Marquesan. In recent years, the use of te reo Māori has become more prevalent and people are working hard to ensure the language is rejuvenated and preserved for future generations.

Each year The Māori Language Commission sets a theme for the week, and a range of activities, promotions, and events encouraging the use of te reo Māori take place around the country. 

The theme for this year was:

Kia Kaha te Reo Māori - Let's make the Māori language strong

Below are some words and phrases that you can use at home with your whānau to embrace the Māori culture.

Kura -School

Mahi - Work

He aha te wā? - What is the time?

Inu wai - Drink Bottle

Ārai kanohi - Face mask

Kei te pēhea koe? - How are you?

Kei te hiakai au - I am hungry

Kia tere! - Hurry up!

Pōmārie - Goodnight

The  Whānau Committee organised activities to celebrate Māori Language Week every day at lunchtime.