With only one month to go until Māori Language Week 2018 the Māori Language Commission has released a series of posters featuring this year’s theme - ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’.
One of the posters includes the Māori alphabet in sign language. Another poster promotes the key words ako, whakarongo, waiata, pānui, tuhi and kōrero - meaning to learn, listen, sing, read, write and to speak. Further resources will be released in the lead-up to the week 10-16 September 2018.
“Kia Kaha’ is well known in New Zealand English with its correct Māori meaning of ‘be strong"
In addition to Māori Language Week, other key events and initiatives occur in September. September 14 is Māori Language Day which commemorates the presentation of the 1972 petition on the Māori language to parliament. And hundreds of people celebrate September as Mahuru Māori(external link), in which they dedicate themselves to speaking only (or a little bit of) Māori during the month.
The Māori Language Commission’s Chief Executive Ngahiwi Apanui says “‘Kia Kaha’ is well known in New Zealand English with its correct Māori meaning of ‘be strong’. We often talk about languages as if they are people – talking about language health, strength, and revitalisation. So when we say ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ we’re saying - ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong”.
“Strength for an endangered language comes from its status, people being aware of and actively supporting its revitalisation, and through people learning and using the language. The language also grows by developing new words so that people have the right words and terms to use, for today and for future generations."
Every New Zealander can help to strengthen the Māori language. We’re hoping that even more organisations, companies, and community groups will plan to take part in Māori Language Week 2018.
Kia kaha rā tātou!
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