This week is Te Wiki o te Reo Māori - Māori Language Week

Local culture 14/09/2020

To celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori this year, we'll be doing a special midday mix of te reo tunes on Monday as our way of participating in this year's 'Māori Language Moment'. Plus look out for a daily 'kupu o te rā' - 'word of the day' video on George socials & on air!

The Maori Language Commission has redesigned Māori Language Week so that this year, whether we are in lockdown or not: New Zealanders can come together to celebrate te reo Māori.

The Commission wants to get 1 million people speaking, singing and celebrating te reo at the same time in an unprecedented Māori Language Moment for Māori Language Week 2020. 

You can sign up here.

“To safeguard te reo we want 1 million Māori language speakers by 2040 but we want to start in 2020: even if only for a moment,” said Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori chair Professor Rawinia Higgins.

“COVID-19 won’t stop us coming together to celebrate te reo: it just means we will come together in different ways.”

“Our Māori Language Moment will take place at 12pm on Monday the 14th September 2020. This marks the day and the hour in 1972 when a group of Māori language champions presented a petition on the steps of parliament calling for te reo to be taught in our schools. They had gathered the signatures of 30,000 New Zealanders. We will always remember those who championed te reo when it was socially and politically unacceptable to do so. We want people to sign up for the Māori Language Moment so in years to come, just as people look back at the Māori Language Petition now: people can look back and see who joined the Māori Language Moment in 2020.”

“Te reo Māori is the language of New Zealand. But it still needs New Zealanders to keep it safe.”

“What you do for your Māori Language Moment: is up to you. It could be as easy as playing a Māori language song, pausing to do the daily quiz in te reo, starting lunch with a karakia or media outlets beginning their 12pm news bulletin with a Māori greeting. It’s an open invitation to celebrate te reo for a moment, a week, a month or even the whole year round How you do it is up to you: but sign up so that we know how many are joining us.”

We know New Zealanders see te reo as part of their identity as a New Zealander. Te reo is New Zealand’s language.”