Ko tēnei te Wiki o te reo Māori!
Its Te Reo Māori Week!
Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori is a time to celebrate our Māori language. Whether it be just a kupu (word), or rerenga korero (a phrase), let’s get started!
This year’s theme is 'Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’. ‘Kia Kaha’ is well known in New Zealand English with its meaning of ‘be strong’. We often talk about languages as if they are people – talking about language health, strength and revitalisation. So when we say ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ we’re saying - ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong'.
Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori is on from 14 to 20 Mahuru (September).
Kōrero Māori | Speaking Māori
We’re on a mission to strengthen our te reo. Will you join us? There are heaps of resources available for anyone wanting to improve their te reo Māori. Here are some places to start:
100 Māori words every New Zealander should know. You can listen to the way each work is pronounced on this website too - New Zealand History
Māori words and phrases including commands, phrases to use with children, months of the year, greetings and more can be found on Māori Language.net
It also has a series of podcasts in the Speak Māori section.
Te Reo Māori pukapuka mahi (Māori language activity book), suitable for kids 5-10 years, is available to download from Te Papa Tongarewa
Have a chat in Te Reo Māori with Reobot, a really fun AI tool in Facebook messenger, that helps with your conversational reo. Go on, send Reobot a message and have a chat.
Courses to learn Te Reo Māori, if you would like to go a step further, are listed on Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori - Maori Language Commission website
Moana, Disney's animated feature with a Polynesian setting, has been dubbed entirely in te reo Māori (including the waiata). You may wish to seek out a version.
He kawhe koa? - How about asking for your hot drink of choice in te reo? Te Taura Whiri o Te Reo Maori (The Maori Language Commission) has produced this fantastic guide to awhi (help) you.
Finding te reo Maori pronunciation a bit difficult?
That's okay! Language can be tricky. Have a look at this Maori Pronunciation Guide to help you stay on the right track.
Celebrating Te Reo i te Kaunihera (the Council)
Join our Facebook challenge
Hop on over to our Facebook page and caption the photo in te reo. The most creative/funny/clever entry will win this kai ora (awesome) set of Reo Pepi children’s books!
Te Reo Maori i Te Whare Pukapuka | Maori language at the library
We’ll be adding more te reo to existing library programmes such as Toddler Time. Our libraries also have plenty of resources for all who want to brush up on their own te reo skills.
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We’ll be greeting our customers in te reo where we can. We’d love it if you could practice with us. We may not always get our pronunciation or wording 100 percent right but we expect this will improve with practice and encouragement. Whakawhetai koe mo to tautoko – thank you for your support.
Improving our signs
From next week, public toilet signs at Ohinemuri Park, Karangahake Reserve, Ngatea Main Street and Waihi’s Victoria Park (aka Rocket Park) will sport bilingual headings. Over time, this will be extended to other Council signs throughout the district. Our email signatures will also be changed to include te reo, and we’re adding te reo to the name badges of our customer services staff and library teams.