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"E ngā mātāwaka, e ngā tai e whā o te motu, ka rere kaupare atu ngā mihi matihere ki a koutou katoa. Arā a Matariki ka rewamai i te pae, hei wānangatanga, hei whakariterite, hei titiro whakamua. Kia tau iho ngā manaakitanga ki a tātou katoa i tēneiwā."
Every year since 1975 has been marked and celebrated as Māori Language Week. The Maori Language Act 1987 declared te reo Māori to be an official language of New Zealand. This led to the establishment of Te Taura Whiri I te reo Māori (the Māori Language Commission) to promote te reo Māori. On Monday 14 September at 12.00pm marks the day and hour in 1972 when a group of Māori language supporters presented a petition to Parliament calling for te reo Māori to be taught in schools. Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori is calling for supporters of te reo Māori to engage in a nationwide effort to increase the number of te reo Māori speakers. Be ‘one in a million’.
To find out more about Te Wiki o te reo Māori visit Te Taura Whiri te Reo Māori (The Māori Language Commission)
The Covid-19 pandemic has seen the cancellation of planned campus events, however the Māori @ Massey team have developed a special 5+ a day social media campaign to encourage and celebrate te reo Māori. Throughout the week, we will will be offering of 5 te reo Māori online ‘fruits’ via the Māori @ Massey Facebook and Instagram pages. Each day will include -
10am Kupu (word) of the day
12pm Whakatauki (proverb) of the day
2pm Kīwaha (colloquial saying) of the day
6pm Māori short film
Many Māori kupu (words) have become part of everyday speech in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Even if you aren't a te reo Māori speaker you might be surprised at how many kupu you know. Take the 100 Kupu Quiz and find out. Get 100% and earn yourself a prize.
We also have a fun Māori Knowledge Quiz with prices for top scores.
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Last updated on Monday 14 September 2020