We’re celebrating Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2021 | Māori Language Week 2021

Date published:
13 Sep 2021


From Rāhina, 13 to Rātapu, 19 Mahuru 2021 | Monday, 13 to Sunday, 19 September 2021 we are celebrating Te Wiki o te Reo Māori | Māori Language Week.

Every year Te Wiki o te Reo Māori | Māori Language Week is held to promote te reo Māori and celebrate the culture. The Week also raises public awareness for te reo Māori revitalisation, learning and public usage. The Week coincides with 14 Mahuru | 14 September every year, which is the date in 1972 that the petition, signed by 30,000, was presented to Parliament to recognise and revitalise te reo Māori.

You are encouraged to learn some te reo Māori and immerse yourself in recommended resources.

Māori Language Moment 2021

The Māori Language Moment 2021 is being held at 12pm (NZST) / 10am (AEST) on Rātū, 14 Mahuru 2021 | Tuesday, 14 September 2021. Our College is registered to take part.

There are a variety of ways to be involved, find out how you can take part.

Learning te reo Māori online – a few options to explore

Sign up for Kupu o te Rā | Word of the Day

Receive an automated ‘word of the day’ email on a common Māori word each day when you sign up at Kupu o te Rā.

20 Common Kupu/Word List

  • Kia ora – Greetings, hello
  • Ngā mihi – Kind regards
  • Aotearoa – “land of the long, white, cloud”, New Zealand
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi – Treaty of Waitangi 
  • tangata whenua – people of the land
  • whānau – family, kinship
  • hui – meeting
  • Tēnā koe – Hello (to 1 person)
  • Tēnā kōrua – Hello (to 2 people)
  • Tēnā koutou – Hello (to 3 or more people)
  • pepehā – introducing speech
  • tautoko – support
  • roopu – group
  • Rāhina – Monday
  • Rātū – Tuesday
  • Rāapa - Wednesday 
  • Rāpare – Thursday
  • Rāmere – Friday
  • Rāhoroi – Saturday
  • Rātapu – Sunday

Beginning Books – recommended to provide insights into te ao Māori/ the Māori world, from a range of perspectives

  • Healing our History – The Challenge of the Treaty of Waitangi by Robert Consedine and Joanna Consedin 
  • Imagining Decolonisation – contemporary Māori contributors offer their perspectives 
  • Navigating the Stars: Māori Creation Myths by Witi Ihimaera
  • Wayfinding Leadership groundbreaking wisdom for developing Leaders by Chellie Spiller, Hoturoa Kerr and John Panoho

Additionally, there are biographies and historical fiction that can introduce or expand your understanding of te ao Māori | the Māori world.  

  • From the Centre: A writer’s life autobiography by Patricia Grace
  • Impossible my story by Stan Walker
  • Rangatira by Paula Morris historical based fiction
  • Pounamu, Pounamu by Witi Ihimaera 

Whakataukī/Proverbs still play a strong part in Māori language. Beginning reference books are:  

  • Ngā Pepeha a ngā Tipuna by Hirini Moko Mead and Neil Grove
  • Book of Māori Proverbs by AE Brougham and AW Reed
  • Aroha by Dr Hinemoa Elder

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