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Auckland Museum has created a web page dedicated to celebrating Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2020

On this page you will find:

  • An introduction from matua Bobby Newson
  • A long read Let’s Get Reo: the role of cataloguing in creating equitable access, addressing the lack of te Reo Māori in our institutions is not as easy as simply translating words – we have to revise the very principles we use to organise knowledge. In this blog, Nina Whittaker, Cataloguing Librarian, and Geraldine Warren, Māori Resources & Mātauranga Advisor, shine a light on the role of cataloguing in the decolonisation project.
  • Find out about our Collections Online and Online Cenotaphwhere this week, for the first time, both user interfaces can be used in te Reo Māori. This marks the first step in a long journey to ensure that the use of te Reo Māori reaches every corner of our institution as we continue our quest to be a kaiāwhina (advocate) in the revitalisation and retention of te Reo Māori.
  • A long read Naming rights, since the Age of Enlightenment, scientists have named new species according to strict taxonomic guidelines, guidelines they themselves developed. But knowing what we know now about the insidiousness of colonisation, we should ask ourselves who has the right to bestow official scientific names. To mark Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, Assistant Curator of Entomology Leilani Walker (Whakatōhea) reflects on the history—and future—of using te reo in scientific names.
  • A wonderful te Reo Māori poster series illustrated by Phillip Paea and published in 1986 by Cabbage Tree Publications from Auckland Museum’s Library.
  • Geraldine Warren, Māori Resources & Mātauranga Advisor, writes about one of her favourite books in our collection, written in te Reo Māori.
  • Something for Tamariki! Challenge yourself by taking these interactive quizzes in te Reo Māori.


On at the Museum this week:


Wāhi Reo Māori

We are creating a Māori language only space, in the Te Kākano Lounge adjacent to the He Taonga Māori (Māori Court) gallery. Come and practice, converse or listen to te reo Māori amongst our taonga. Leave your English at the door and challenge yourself to Korero i te reo Māori. We’ll have some helpful hints to keep you inspired.


Atarangi – Michael Parekowhai

During Māori Language Week, visitors to the Museum have a special opportunity to view these taonga from the Museum’s collection in person, created by artist Michael Parekowhai called Atarangi. The giant Cuisenaire rods will be on display in the heart of our Māori galleries in front of the pātaka Te Puawai o Te Arawa.



Join us for two evenings of waiata and korero celebrating Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori and help support the regeneration of Te Reo Māori in Aotearoa.


No hea koe? In the world of Te Reo Māori: Facebook Live Conversation – Monday 14 September, starts at 7pm (20 min run time)

Join our very own Content Specialist – Dr Elliot Collins, who will be sitting down with a group of Māori language revitalisers, to ask them where they’re at in the world of te reo Māori.


Aro Perform on Facebook Live – Wednesday 16 September, starts at 7pm (45 mins run time)

Join us again as we continue the conversation and celebration of Te Reo Māori Language week, for an evening of waiata and korero with Aro. Aro consists of husband and wife Charles (Ngapuhi, Te Rarawa, Ngati Te Aata, Te Ati Awa) and Emily Locker. The pair store a passion for the power of language and music to tell stories and remind us of our cultural identity.