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We’re celebrating Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

11 September 2020
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Our people are joining the Te Wiki o te Reo Māori celebrations by using and learning to kōrero (speak) in te reo.

To celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week), we're participating in a national wero (challenge) called 'Mahuru Māori' for the month of September.

The wero is to use te reo as much as we can every day this month.

Mahuru Māori website

The wero is open to all people of Aotearoa - no matter how little or how much te reo Māori you know. We're encouraging our ACC whānau to commit to some sort of te reo goal over the month. Whether it's:

  • learning a new kupu (word) every day
  • using more te reo in emails
  • to kōrero in te reo every day.

Some of our people are communicating only in te reo Māori this month. Ka mau te wehi (fantastic)!

How you can celebrate and get involved

Because of COVID-19, things are a little different this year. Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (Māori Language Commission) has redesigned the week so we can come together to celebrate te reo Māori whether we're in lockdown or not.

Join us in celebrating Te Wā Tuku Re Māori, the Māori Language Moment 2020. The aim of this is to have 1 million New Zealanders speaking, singing, and celebrating te reo Māori at 12pm on Monday 14 September.

Sign up to be one in a million:

Māori Language Moment 2020 website

Read what Professor Rawinia Higgins, chair of Te Taura Whiri it te Reo Māori (Māori Language Commission) has to say about the Māori Language Moment:

Māori Language Moment - Māori Language Commission website

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori has also re-launched the Māori Language Week website to become the Reo Māori website, with the aim of supporting the use of te reo all year around.

ReoMāori website

About Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) has been celebrated since 1975. It celebrates the language and recognises when the Māori Language Petition was presented to parliament on 14 September 1972.

Karawhiua (give it heaps)!

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