The Māori Language Commission (the Commission) is pleased to present the following resources for Māori Language Week 2015. All resources relate to the theme for 2015 ‘Whāngaihia te reo ki ngā Mātua’.

The Commission has also created two commemorative posters to mark 40 years of Māori Language Week. 

A2 Commemorative Poster: ‘40 Year   Journey’

This poster engages the iconic image of Whina Cooper and her mokopuna from the 1975 land march, as they set off on the journey of a life time, now widely regarded as a flashpoint for Māori cultural reclamation. The   northern matriarch’s protest was deliberately staged to coincide with the first Māori Language Day (later to become Māori Language Week). For Māori, land/whenua/pāpātuānuku and language/reo are inextricably linked. Alienation of one is an alienation of the other. This image is a reminder of our past and the long journey we have taken.  It  also reflects on the importance of parents and caregivers in nurturing the next generation.

A2 Commemorative Poster: ‘Mana   Tamariki’

This poster depicts newly   appointed Māori Language Commissioner, Hinurewa Poutu, with her students and whānau of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Mana Tamariki. Despite being captured 40 years apart, the two images represent journey, progress, hope and courage to face adversity.

The message, however, remains the same: Toitū te whenua, toitū te mana, toitū te reo! Hold fast to the land, hold fast to our dignity, hold fast to our language.

A4 and A3 ‘Te Rerenga Kōrero o   te Wiki’, ‘The Phrase of the Week’

In association with Māori language advocates, ‘Te Kupu o te Rā’, and building on last year’s successful campaign of 50 words over 50 weeks, Māori Language Week 2015 will initiate a programme of 50 phrases over 50 weeks.

‘Ngā Rerengā Kōrero o te Wiki’, ‘The Phrase of the Week’ introduces a new and simple phrase each week to encourage te reo Māori in the home and in   everyday situations, such as “Are you tired?” “Kei te hiamoe koe?” or “I will   help you” “Māku koe e āwhina”. For the language to thrive it requires regular and meaningful use. The new campaign, ‘Te Rerenga Kōrero o te Wiki’, uses phrases that provide instant and natural examples of Māori language for use by parents and caregivers with children, but which are also relevant in other situations.

Set of four A3 Posters: Kīhini   (Kitchen), Papa Rēhia (Playground), Taiao (Outdoors), Ko Au (Me) - bilingual and te reo Māori versions

Vocabulary expansion is   essential for any language to survive. These posters depict everyday environments and relevant vocabulary to encourage Māori language use. Words for ‘toaster’ or ‘jungle gym’ can be found in these supporting resources.

The posters are available to download from the website and a small number of printed posters will be available for kōhanga reo, kura and wharekura.

A5 Phrase Book: Ngā Rerenga Kōrero

The Māori Language Commission has responded to demand and expanded its promotions beyond one phrase per   week. This booklet contains three examples of each phrase of the week.

Ngā Rerenga Kōrero o te Wiki: Audio files/Phrase of the Week Audio   Files

All ‘Phrases of the Week’ have an audio file available to assist the public to learn how to pronounce each phrase. These can be found on the Commission’s website.

Māori Language   Week 2015 Banner: 27 July – 2 August 2015

Whāngaihia te Reo, Nurture the Language

Theme for Māori Language Week 2015
‘Whāngaihia te Reo ki ngā Mātua’, ‘Nurture the Language in Parents’

‘Whāngaia te Reo’, Nurture the Language


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