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Māori Language Week is an annual celebration held in the third week of September. This year it takes place from Monday 11th September to Monday 18th September.

At Redhill School, we invite all of Aotearoa and further to stop what they’re doing and celebrate te reo Māori at 12 pm, on 14 September. You can kōrero (speak), waiata (sing), pānui (read) and more - Whatever you do, do it in te reo Māori.

This marks the very moment the Māori Language Petition was presented to Parliament in 1972, on the first Māori Language Day. Three years later, it became what we now know as Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.

Join us and take a moment for te reo Māori as we acknowledge the past, celebrate the present, and prepare for the future.

Huatau | Ideas

Here are some things you can do to use and speak more te reo Māori. It could be as easy as greeting everyone you see with 'kia ora', starting your Zoom call with "mōrena", or playing te reo Māori songs in your workplace all day.

Use 5 Māori Words a Day

Create a family challenge where every member has to use 5 Māori words in conversation each day. While it might seem like a difficult task at first, chances are you already know more than 5 words and use them without even thinking. Some common Māori words which are used in everyday conversation include:

Kia ora – Hello

Kapai – Good

Whare – House

Kai – Food

Whānau – Family

Puku – Tummy

Korero – Talk, speak, have a conversation

Moe – Sleep

Waiata – Song, to sing

Karakia – Prayer, pray

Kia Kaha te reo Māori!

Whaea Shelly


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