Celebrated since 1975 each year is becoming a major fixture on the national calendar providing an opportunity for concentrated promotion, raising awareness and generating as much interest and positive change for Aotearoa as those who speak and think in te Reo Māori. Māori Language Day is September 14 and commemorates the presentation of the 1972 Māori language petition to parliament.
'Whāia te ara poutama o te reo ka tohatoha ai'
The national promotion of te Reo Māori undertaken by Crown agencies and coordinated by the Māori Language Commission as part of the Crown’s Māori language strategy, the Maihi Karauna. This strategy supports the revitalisation strategy of Māori and iwi, led by Te Mātāwai.
Te Reo Māori is a taonga of Māori, guaranteed under the Treaty of Waitangi. The Māori Language Act 2016 is for every New Zealander and a valued part of our national identity.