It's Māori Language Week, te wiki o te reo Māori, this week (11 - 17 September 2017) and the theme is 'Kia ora te reo Māori'. The theme Kia ora te reo Māori was chosen to celebrate New Zealand’s indigenous greeting, and also as the words ‘Kia Ora’ are an exact description of the intent of the new partnerships for te reo Māori revitalisation between the Crown and Māori under the new Māori Language Act 2016.
We encourage you, no matter who you are, where you come from, or what you do, to find a way to express how you can use, honour, speak and show your love for the language of our country.
Here are our top five ways to get into it:
1. Create dual-signage around your home, corps, work and school. For example, you could put the maori word for female, Wahine, on the female bathroom. This will help you learn new words, while encouraging others to do the same.
2. Downalod the 'Hika' phone app. This is a really simple way to learn new words (if you have a smart phone). It's broken into categories, has the english-maori translation and audio examples. Easy to learn on the go.
3. Take the Maori 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. Simple and fun. Head here: www.nzhistory.net.nz
4. Learn the basics. There's plenty of handy sites to get started - so why not choose this week to step up your knowledge. Here's two handy sites: For beginners - www.korero.maori.nz | 100 practical words - www.nzhistory.net.nz
5. Check out the Māori Resource Area. Here you'll find more tips for learning the language, some history, our Salvation Army Haka, ideas for games etc. Learn you mihimihi - it's a great place to start! Check out our Resource Area.
What are you doing to get amongst it? Share your thoughts below.