There are just 100 days to go until Māori Language Week 2019, 9-15 September. The week celebrates the Māori language and its revitalisation.
Māori Language Commission Chief Executive Ngahiwi Apanui says it’s a chance for everyone to do something to support our own indigenous language and enjoy what it can add to our lives in Aotearoa.
“The theme for 2019 is being maintained as ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’. ‘Kia Kaha’ is well known by both Māori and English speakers and came into popular, New Zealand wide, use in the 19th century as part of the sports chant ‘Kia Kaha, Ake, Ake, Ake!’
“It also points to the fact that there are many things that strengthen te reo Māori – not just learning and using the language.
“As well, there’s a need to promote its status through things such as bilingual signage, and to build critical awareness of the revitalisation of the language and the importance of businesses and organisations taking part.
“In your workplace, organisation, school or community group – celebrate te reo Māori. As we say ‘Ahakoa iti, akona, kōrerotia. Learn a little. Use a little!