Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori
This week marks Māori Language Week in Aotearoa, where we celebrate Te Reo, the indigenous language of New Zealand as a living being with its own health, strength and revitalisation. Te Reo Māori is for all of New Zealand and for all New Zealanders.
‘Kia Kaha’ is well known in New Zealand English with its correct Māori meaning of ‘be strong’.
So when we say ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ we’re saying - ‘Let us make the Māori language strong'.
It is not widely known that Te Reo was banned in schools in 1905 and was not recognised as an official language until 1987 - reinforced by the Maori Language Act of 1987. The revitalisation of this Taonga or “treasure” depends on us to use it in our every day life, with the right meaning, situation and pronounciation.
Follow our journey this week as we share with you words and phrases in Te Reo, our contribution to the revitalization and preservation of this powerful living language.