09 Sep KIA KAHA TE REO MĀORI – MĀORI LANGUAGE WEEK 2019
It’s Māori language week, whānau! Did you know Māori Language week has been celebrated each year since 1975? It’s a time for us all to celebrate, promote and encourage te reo Māori in our organisations, with our friends, and at home.
Each day provides us with opportunities to choose te reo. Simple and small contributions can help to normalise te reo Māori in our daily lives – which can only be a good thing for everyone in Aotearoa.
This year’s theme is ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’, which means ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong’. So we’re encouraging ourselves, our colleagues, clients and whānau to help make te reo strong by focusing on things that we can do together consistently. He waka eke noa (we got this)!
Seven simple things you can do right now:
- Learn to correctly pronounce Māori words. Especially the names of colleagues who have Māori names or the name of the city/town you live in! Getting the vowels right is key, so focus on these first. Practise saying words out loud and slowly to yourself – try doing this for Māori place names or street signs you see out while driving.
- Watch Māori TV or listen to Māori radio stations to familiarise yourself with the sound of te reo.
- Make te reo Māori visible in your workplace. Look at signage at work that could benefit from being translated into te reo Māori. Offer to lead this in your workplace and refer to Te Taura Whiri o Te Reo Māori website https://www.tetaurawhiri.govt.nz/ for resources to support you.
- Encourage all kaimahi (workers) in your office to incorporate te reo Māori words into their everyday mahi (work) e.g. Great hui (meeting) today. What’s the kaupapa (topic) for our meeting? Where’s the miraka (milk)?
- Participate in events in your city that celebrate te reo Māori.
- Look for learning opportunities outside of work. Te Wānanga o Aotearoa offers free te reo Māori courses across the country, even for beginners!
- Download the Māori dictionary app and have te reo with you on the go. Download at https://maoridictionary.co.nz/
Kia kaha e te whānau. Mauri Ora!