Celebrate Māori Language Week 2014 | Whakanuia Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2014
It was 42 years ago in 1972 that Parliament was petitioned to support the teaching of Māori language and culture in schools.* While one of many great accomplishments was the establishment of Te Reo Māori as an official language of New Zealand, today only 1 in 5 can converse in Te Reo Māori.**
Now is the time to start learning or improve! Māori Language Week 2014 runs from 21 – 27 July, though the language learning can go on longer than a week as this year’s theme ‘Te Kupu o te Wiki’ (Word of the Week) encourages home, school and work places to learn one kupu (word) each week over the next year. The complete list of 50 new kupu is available at www.korero.maori.nz. Additionally the website hosts information and links to pronunciation and grammar guidelines as well as information on finding a way to practice your language skills in your community.
Events will kick off all over Aotearoa to honour the importance of Te Reo Māori. Here in Ōtepoti (Dunedin) there is a performance by the Waiata Group on Tuesday 22 July at 1:30pm at the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum.
by Annabeth Cohen