Māori Language Week has been on New Zealand’s calendar for 40 years, in an effort to get New Zealanders celebrating te reo Māori and using the language more.

Despite being an official language of New Zealand since 1987, the birth of Māori-language schools, Māori radio stations and a Māori television channel, te reo Māori is still very vulnerable. Therefore Māori Language Week is but one effort, in a suite of efforts over a long term, to revive New Zealand’s indigenous language.

The aim of the week is to get as many New Zealanders as possible using more phrases in their everyday lives. By phrase, we mean a full sentence – be it long or short.

The Māori Language Commission is responsible for organising Māori Language Week. We work closely and meet regularly with a number of public sector groups to develop and promote the campaign.

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