Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 10-14 Mahuru

(Posted on: September 7)

September 14 is Māori Language Day commemorating the presentation of the 1972 petition on the Māori Language to parliament. Hundreds of people now celebrate September as Mahuru Māori, in which they dedicate themselves to speaking only Māori.

The theme will be 'Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ following on from the success of last year’s theme ‘Kia Ora te Reo Māori’.  ‘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'.

Every New Zealander can help strengthen the language including MDC. Over the week of 10 – 14 of Mahuru, Council will be hosting workshops on making Putiputi harakeke (flax flowers), having displays on the history relating to Te Reo Māori and the national Māori Language Strategy, a Waiata, Mihi workshops and trivia!

Kia Kaha Manawatū and stay tuned into our Manawatu District Council Facebook page to see how we embrace and celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.