This year's Māori Language Week, Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, goes from 10-16 September, and this year's theme is 'Kia Kaha te Reo Māori'. The Te Wiki o te Reo Māori website explains that "‘Kia Kaha’ is well known in New Zealand English with its correct Māori meaning of ‘be strong’. We often talk about languages as if they are people – talking about language health, strength and revitalisation. So when we say ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ we’re saying - ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong'."
Whether you're fluent in te reo or 'kia ora' is the extent of you knowledge, we encourage you to make an effort to learn and engage more with the precious taonga (treasure) of te reo Māori this week. It's a unique and special thing that we New Zealanders get to use, so make the most of it and look for opportunities to use it in your day-to-day life. Below are a few tips to get you started!
Here are five ways to get into it:
1. Create dual-signage around your home, church, work and school. For example, you could put the Māori words for female and male (Wahine and Tane) on your bathroom. This will help you learn new words while encouraging others to do the same. Also, click here to check out some awesome downladable posters featuring 45 ways to encounter God in both english and te reo versons.
2. Download an app. There are a bunch of different smartphone apps designed to help you learn and translate te reo Māori.
3. Take the Māori Language Week quiz. Take the quiz, figure out what you know and what you should improve on, and learn a little bit as you go. Give it a go here: Māori Language Week Quiz
5. Check out our Māori resources page. Here you'll find more tips for learning the language, your mihi, some history, our Salvation Army haka, plus ideas for games and more! Check it out here.
Kia Kaha te Reo Māori!