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Come together at two different hikoi (parade) to celebrate Māori Language Week.

Aucklanders are invited to come together at two different hikoi (parade) in the city to celebrate Māori Language Week.

Back on 14 September 1972, a Māori language petition supporting the teaching of te reo Māori in schools was delivered to the steps of Parliament. The movement changed the landscape of Māori language and led directly to the introduction of optional te reo Māori in primary and secondary schools.

One of the activists of the group who delivered the petition to Parliament, Robert Pouwhare, will be joining the hikoi.

Find out more about the hikoi

The hikoi is time to recall and reflect on what changes have evolved in the decades since.

Auckland is home to the largest population of Māori in the world and organisers expect about 3000 people will leave Albert Park in central Auckland at 11am and draw up outside Aotea Square just before noon on Thursday 13 September.

Proceedings include a full ceremonial pōhiri where the procession will be called on to the ‘marae’, entering through the iconic Waharoa, created by Selwyn Muru.

With formalities over celebrations continue with Stacey Morrison hosting an afternoon of activities including live entertainment from Rob Ruha, Witch D and Maimoa troupe.

The Manukau event on Friday 14 September will leave from MIT at 11.15am, travelling around the town centre to finish at Hayman Park.