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Māori Language Week

Celebrated from 4-10 July, Māori Language Week is an opportunity for all New Zealanders to celebrate te reo Māori.

Māori Language Week 2016 is going to be positive, relevant, energetic, fun and exciting! It will show New Zealand that there is a place for the Māori language in our stadiums, on our sports fields, in the news and the ever growing realm of social media. It will also show the country that te reo Māori is a language for all New Zealanders.

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori works with Human Rights Commission, Ministry of Education and Te Puni Kokiri to promote the week. Visit the Māori Language Week website or their Facebook page for more information. 

Māori Language Week Theme

The theme for this year is ākina to reo – behind you all the way which is about using te reo Māori to support people, to inspire and to cheer on.

Continuing with last year’s approach, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori will develop 50 phrases in te reo Māori that are simple to use, even for those with little or no grasp of the language.

To ensure the phrases carry momentum, over and beyond the campaign week, they will hang them off sports events, starting with the Olympics and other popular sports codes and events that occur throughout the year, and that move our communities and the nation to rally behind our athletes.

The kaupapa for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2015 was ‘Whāngaihia te reo Māori ki ngā mātua’ or 'Nurture the language in Parents so that it may grow.' Through this theme we aim to encourage and support the language development of parents who can then whāngai the language to their children.

Māori Language Week Events

You can view the related Māori Language Week events on the Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori website. One such event is the first ever Māori Language Parade, which is being held in Wellington. 

Māori Language Week Resources

Learn more about indigenous rights 

You can learn more about human rights and the Treaty of Waitangi and the work of the Human Rights Commission to promote and protect indigenous rights here.