09/11/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/10/2023 17:47
Ko tēnei te wiki e whakanui ana i tō tātou reo rangatira. Ko te wā tuku reo Māori, e whakanuia tahitia ai te reo ahakoa kei hea ake tēnā me tēnā o tātou, ka tū ā te Rātū te 14 o Mahuru, ā te 12 o ngā hāora i te ahiahi. Kia kaha te reo Māori! Kia kaha Aotearoa! Kia eke ngā wā!
Communities across the country are preparing to come together to celebrate the indigenous language of Aotearoa New Zealand for Māori Language Week | Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.
"Te Wiki o te Reo Māori is an opportunity to recognise a unique part of our national identity and to celebrate the collective journey we are taking towards its revitalisation," said Minister of Māori Development, Willie Jackson.
"Whether we are in Paris, Kaipara, Sydney or Christchurch, te reo unites New Zealanders. Go to www.reomaori.co.nzwebsite to find out what others are doing and how you too can get involved."
Born out of protest, the week is now about promoting te reo to everyone. This year will also mark the third Māori Language Moment | Te Wā Tuku Reo Māori, a challenge to stop and celebrate te reo for a moment. Devised by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, the aim is to get more than 1 million people taking part: because 1 million speakers are needed by 2040 to safeguard the language.
"New Zealand's response to the annual Māori Language Moment has been massive. Young and old, Māori, Pākehā, Indian, Samoan, Chinese. Tiny country schools to high rise buildings in our biggest cities. Retirement homes, hospitals, kindergartens, supermarkets, building sites," said Minister Jackson.
"More than 1 million took part in the first moment and in doing so: they set a world record, it was the biggest Māori language event in the history of our nation. This year will be another opportunity to unite for a moment, this Thursday 14th September".
"I want to encourage everyone to get involved and have a go in the festivities this week and support our beautiful culture and language so it can be cherished for generations," Willie Jackson said.
Kia kaha te reo Māori!