Its Te Reo Maori Week

Maori Language Week is a week where New Zealanders both here and overseas are encouraged to recognise and practice the Maori language – Te Reo.

Maori Language Week is a week where New Zealanders both here and overseas are encouraged to recognise and practice the Maori language – Te Reo.

History of Maori Language Week

In the early 1970's it was becoming obvious that less and less people in New Zealand were able to speak Maori. Many people were concerned by the state of decline, and signed a Maori language petition which was organised, in part, by the Te Reo Maori Society. In total, 30,000 people signed the petition, which was presented to Parliament on 14th September 1972. This day become recognised as Maori Language Day, and in 1975 was responsible for the formation of Maori Language Week.

What is the purpose of Maori Language Week?

Maori Language Week is a week for all New Zealanders to recognise Maori as an official language in New Zealand. While learning the language is not compulsory, Te Reo is a special part of our kiwi identity. Even New Zealanders who have never learnt Te Reo, understand and often use words like kia ora, haka, puku, and whanau.

Maori Language Week gives us a chance to celebrate something truly unique to our country. While you may not be a fluent Maori speaker, (or even want to be), the Maori language is still a part of who we are as a nation. Ask any country who has ever played the All Blacks!

For more information on how you can learn more, take a visit to the following site: http://www.maorilanguage.net/maori-words-and-phrases/