Māori Language Week 2018 has been astonishing!
New Zealanders from all cultures stepped out, literally, in hīkoi whakanui – parades – around the country to celebrate our nation’s language – te reo o tō tātou whenua – and our shared Aotearoatanga – national pride.
We said ‘ahakoa iti, ākona, kōrerotia – learn a little and use a little’. Koia anō. And that’s just what happened.
In the year ahead – ā te tau e tū mai nei - we can together further revitalise the Māori language - mā tātou katoa te reo Māori e whakarauora
Make te reo welcome at work and in the community
Encourage others to use and learn te reo Māori; welcome Māori language into your life
Pronounce Māori words correctly when speaking English
Learn more, and use what you know
Everyone, whether learning or not, can contribute to te reo Māori revitalisation:
Keep improving your language, and share what you know
Nō reira ka nui aku mihi ki a koutou katoa e hāpai ana i tēnei taonga, te reo taketake o Aotearoa.
Congratulations everyone who upholds this treasured possession, our indigenous language and its place in New Zealand.