Maori Language Week a celebration of the indigenous language


Monday marks the beginning of Maori Language Week.

Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori is the annual celebration of New Zealand's indigenous language, designed to promote its use  throughout the country.

This year's theme is akina te reo, or behind you all the way, which aims for Maori language to be used as a way to support, motivate and encourage people, whether it be on the sporting sidelines or in other pursuits.

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori or the Maori Language Commission has developed 50 phrases based on the theme to coincide with the launch of the campaign, which ends on July 10.

Plans are also afoot to use the key words in connection with sporting events, such as the upcoming Olympic games in Rio in order to build on the momentum or interest in the language fostered during Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori.

Te reo has been an official language of Aotearoa since 1987. Census data from 2013 states that 23 per cent of people can speak Maori fairly well or better.

Anyone interested in accessing downloadable resources for Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori 2016 can visit

Some phrases to try:

Ka mau te wehi - That's outstanding

Kia manawanui - Hang in there

Ka pai hoki koe - Good on you

Will you join in Maori Language Week?

Will you join in Maori Language Week?

 - Stuff

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