Source: Auckland University of Technology (AUT)
10 Sep, 2020
Every year since 1975 New Zealand has marked Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week).
This is a time for all New Zealanders to celebrate te Reo Māori and to use more Māori phrases in everyday life.
This year it is being held September 14-20 and the national theme is again “Kia Kaha te Reo Māori”.
Kia Kaha is a well-known expression translating to “be strong”. So, by saying “Kia Kaha te Reo Māori” we are declaring – “Let’s make the Māori language strong”.
How to get involved
- Like the AUT Māori Facebook and follow their Instagram to hear from AUT students on the Māori word of the day
- Register for the live streamed Kahoot! competition on 17 September, 7-8pm for all whānau. The event will be broadcast on the AUT Māori Facebook page on the night. Prizes will be on offer.
- Sign Up for a Word a Day to use when you’re having conversations with your whānau
- Like the Student Services Facebook page and follow their Instagram to hear from AUT students and staff on their journey to learning te Reo.
- Download our te reo Māori learning app called Kōrerorero. Available for download from both the Apple App Store and Google Play. Search Kōrerorero
- Incorporate Māori greetings into your conversations and emails. You can find many examples here.
- Visit the Te Wiki o te Reo Māori website to find out more about what New Zealand is doing nationally to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.
Why does AUT celebrate and promote Te Wiki o te Reo Māori?
First and foremost, AUT has a strong and important relationship with Māori, which honours the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.
This commitment is reflected in the educational, social and philosophical culture of AUT.
Our values – tika, pono and aroha (integrity, respect and compassion) – are at the heart of everything we do.
Our integrity helps us do good work; respect is at the core of how we work together; and we’re welcoming, helpful and kind, and always try to show each other compassion.