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Welcome to Māori Language Week

Hon Nanaia Mahuta

Te Minita Whanaketanga Māori

Minister for Māori Development
Te 10 o Mahuru 2018



Nau mai ki Te Wiki o te reo Māori - Welcome to Māori Language Week

Ko te hiahia a Te Minita Whanaketanga Māori a Nanaia Mahuta kia rauhī katoa mai a Aotearoa ki runga i te kaupapa o Te Wiki o te Reo Māori e tīmata ana i te rangi nei.

Ka tū Te Wiki o te Reo Māori mai i te 10 ki te 16 o Mahuru 2018. Ko tōna kaupapa ko ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’, he karanga kia whakapakari i tō tātou reo.

Kāore pea he āhuatanga i tua atu i te reo Māori e kīia nei ‘He tangata nō Aotearoa tātou’. E taea ai e te katoa te whakanui, te whakarauora anō hoki i tō tātou reo,” te kī a Nanaia Mahuta.

“He nui ngā huarahi mā te tangata ki te whakaatu i tōna tautoko mō te reo. Ka taea e ngā pāpā, e ngā whaea, e ngā kaumātua hoki te whakaatu te ngākaunui otirā te tautoko mō ā rātou tamariki i a rātou e ako ana i te reo Māori i te kura. Mēnā kāore he akoranga reo Māori i te kura, e āhei ana ngā mātua ki te tono i a rātou kia tīmata.

“Ka taea e te ao pakihi e ngā rōpū hapori hoki te whakaatu pānui reorua hei tohu he wāhi tōna e manaaki ana i te reo Māori ahakoa tūmatanui, tūmataiti rānei.

“I a tātou katoa e mahi ana i ngā mahi o ia rā e taea hoki ai te tuku te paku ‘kia ora’, te paku ‘mā te wā' rānei. Ia wā ka tika tō whakamahi, tō whakahua rānei i te reo Māori he iti pounamu tērā ki te whakarauoratanga o te reo Māori hei reo o ia rā, o ia rā. Ahakoa iti, he pounamu”.

Kua puta te karanga kia huihuia ai te tangata ki ngā hīkoi whakanui i te reo Māori e tū ana ki ngā takiwā e ono neke atu pea – Tūranga, Manukau, Te Puku o Tāmakimakaurau, Te Whanganui-ā-Tara, Rotorua hoki.

Ehara i te mea mō te mimiti o te reo anake te kōrero mō te reo Māori. He kōrero manahau, he kōrero kohara anō hoki. He tohu ahurea e kaha whakanuia ana e tātou, he iti rearea, e whaiwhai ana i te whawhai pai kia piki tonu, kia kake tonu i te kahikatea ahakoa tōna nui, tōna teitei.”

E mihia ana ngā tāngata katoa e mahi ana i ngā mahi whakatairanga i te reo mō Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. E mea ana ia, ehara i te mea he tūreiti rawa kia tautoko mai i tēnei wāhanga matua i te tuakiri o Aotearoa.

“Me tīmata i te rangi nei. Tautokona, waiatatia, kōrerohia. Ahakoa tāu e whiriwhiri ai, he mea tautoko i te āpōpō, otirā te anamata o te reo me te āhua o tō tātou whenua. Kia kaha te reo Māori,” te kī a Nanaia Mahuta.

Whakapā pāpāho: Chris Harrington (021) 941 865

Taipitopito pāpāho

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

Kei te paetukutuku o Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori ngā kōrero mō Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.

Ngā Hīkoi Whakanui i te Reo Māori o Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

Rāhina 10 Mahuru 2018 Te Hīkoi Whakanui ki Te Whanganui-a-Tara (ka tīmata 12:pm)

Te Rātū 11 Mahuru 2018 Te Hīkoi Whakanui ki te North Shore (ka tīmata 12:30pm)

Te Rāpare 13 Mahuru 2018 Te Hīkoi Whakanui ki te Puku o Tāmakimakaurau (Ka hui 10:15 mō te 11:15)

Te Rāmere te 14 Mahuru 2018

Te Hīkoi Whakanui ki Manukau, ki Tāmakimakaurau (ka hui 10:45 mō te 11:15)

Te Hīkoi Whakanui ki Tūranga (Ka hui 09:30 mō te 10:00)

Te Rātapu te 16 Mahuru 2018

Rotorua ka tīmata 1pm (ka tīmata ngā ngohe i te 10)

Maihi Karauna – Te Rautaki Reo Māori o te Karauna

Mō te Maihi Karauna me ngā kōrero ki te whakatakoranga o ngā whakaaro, haere ki

Hon Nanaia Mahuta

Te Minita Whanaketanga Māori

Minister for Māori Development

Nau mai ki Te Wiki o te reo Māori - Welcome to Māori Language Week

Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta wants all New Zealanders to take part in Māori Language Week which begins today.

Te Wiki o te reo Māori runs from 10 to 16 September 2018. The theme is ‘kia kaha te reo Māori’ or ‘let the Māori language live’.

“The Māori language is one of the best ways to say ‘We are New Zealanders’. Everyone can help to celebrate and revitalise our country’s first language,” said Nanaia Mahuta.

“People can show their support for the language in lots of ways. Mums, dads and grandparents can show active interest and support for their kids as they learn Māori at school. If the school is not providing any Māori language, families can ask them to start.

“The business world and community groups can display bilingual signs to show te reo Māori is welcome in public and private spaces.

“And everyone can try a simple ‘kia ora’ (hello) or ‘mā te wā’ (bye) as they go about their daily business. Each time you use Māori correctly it is a valuable gesture to restore it as an everyday language. It all adds up”.

People are also invited to join in parades that are taking place in at least six centres - Gisborne, Manukau, Auckland CBD, North Shore, Wellington and Rotorua.

“The story of the Māori language is one of resilience and passion. It is the kind of cultural icon we love to celebrate; a plucky Kiwi, punching above its weight, in spite of the odds and heading for the top.”

Minister Mahuta congratulates everyone who is rolling out activities for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. She urges others that it’s not too late to support this key part of our New Zealand identity.

“Start today. Support, sing and speak. Whatever you choose, it all contributes to the future of the language and the shape of our nation. Kia kaha te reo Māori,” said Nanaia Mahuta.

Media contact: Chris Harrington (021) 941 865

Māori Language Week

Information about Te Wiki o te reo Māori is on the Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori website.

Minister Mahuta will introduce Aotearoa to a new te reo word everyday on Facebook during Māori language week.

Māori Language Week Parades

Monday 10 September 2018 Wellington Parade (12 noon start)

Tuesday 11 September 2018 North Shore Event (12:30 start)

Thursday 13 September 2018 Auckland CBD Parade (Assemble 10:15 for 11:15)

Friday 14 September 2018

o Manukau, Auckland Parade (Assemble 10:45 for 11:15)

o Gisborne Parade (Assember 10:30 for 10:00 start)

o Rotorua 16 September 1pm start (day’s activities start at 10)

Maihi Karauna – Crown’s Māori Language Strategy

The Maihi Karauna and information on how to make a submission is available at


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