Happy Maori Language Week 2017

It is Māori Language Week or te wiki o te reo Māori, which goes from September 11 – 17. This year the theme is Kia ora te reo Māori chosen to celebrate New Zealand’s indigenous greeting.




The words ‘Kia Ora’ are also an exact description of the intent of the new partnerships for te reo Māori revitalisation between the Crown and Māori under the new Māori Language Act 2016.


Moved from mid-year to increase the chances of good weather for outdoor activities the decision was also made to renew the link with Māori Language Day, September 14th.


It marks the day in 1972 that the Māori Language Petition was delivered to parliament.


The petition, initiated by activist group Nga Tamatoa and containing over 30,000 signatures, paved the way for Māori language to be taught in schools.


Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (the Māori Language Commission) promotes Māori Language Week but the organisation notes that many celebrations happen without their direct involvement as New Zealanders increasingly take up the cause of revitalising te reo Māori.


Below is a list of some events taking place to celebrate te wiki o te reo Māori:





Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori – the Māori Language Commission is organising an exciting event on Monday 11 September in Wellington City – a parade even bigger than last year’s hugely successful celebration of te reo Māori. Schools, kōhanga, Māori and other organisations and members of the public are all welcome, and thousands have registered to take part. The Parade starts by Wellington’s cenotaph at 11am and goes to Civic Square.


Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand is organising parades, celebrations, walks for Te Wiki o te reo Māori in Hamilton and Whangarei. Contact 0800 Childcare 0800 2445322 for details in your area.


Te Pūtakenga o Ngā Taonga Kōrero:


Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision will launch the first of four new online exhibitions -Te Pūtaketanga o Ngā Taonga Kōrero, showcasing the many outstanding examples of oratory and Māori performing arts in the Ngā Taonga Kōrero collection – the archive of RNZ’s Māori radio programmes. For the first exhibition Ngā Taonga has chosen the oldest recorded Māori broadcast – of the opening of Tūrongo House, Tūrangawaewae marae, Ngāruawāhia, in March 1938.




Four prominent New Zealanders have taken up roles as Te Wiki o te Reo Māori ambassadors and will feature at events and online promoting te reo Māori as a language for everyone, everywhere. They are Stacey Morrison, who will be MC at the Māori Language Parade, television presenter Jack Tame, theatre, film and television actor and director Jennifer Ward Lealand, and Portia Woodman, just returned victoriously from the Women’s Rugby World Cup.




Disney will release the Māori language version of the movie Moana in theatres around the country. This release marks the expansion of the Māori language into a new domain. The movie is not subtitled, recognising the growing number of young people able to use the Māori language. One of those young people is the voice of Māori Moana, Jaedyn Randell of Ngāti Paoa and Ngāti Whawhākia of Tainui. She joins the Māori voice of Māui: Māori television news anchor, Piripi Taylor.


Watch the Moana Reo Māori trailer below: 


For more events this week head over to the Māori Language Commission