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Kia Ora!

July 21, 2014

Do you know what that means?  If not, Maori Language Week 21-27 July 2014, is your chance to learn!   The theme is Te Kupu o te Wiki’ (The word of the week) so why not make it your mission to learn a few new words. Kia ora means hello, so you’ve already begun, and here are some other words that most New Zealander’s will have heard before.

maori language weekWhat is the purpose of Maori Language Week?

Maori Language Week is a week for all New Zealanders to recognise Maori as an official language in New Zealand. While learning the language is not compulsory, Te Reo is a special part of our kiwi identity. Even New Zealanders who have never learnt Te Reo, understand and often use words like kia ora, haka, puku, and whanau.

Maori Language Week gives us a chance to celebrate something truly unique to our country. While you may not be a fluent Maori speaker, (or even want to be), the Maori language is still a part of who we are as a nation. Ask any country who has ever played the All Blacks!  [Source Kiwi Families]

Aotearoa (New Zealand) is the only place in the world where Māori is spoken widely, and this is why it deserves our protection and nourishment. For Māori to thrive as a language of everyday use, we must encourage its use in our homes and communities as much as possible.

Resources

Tararua District Library has plenty of books on Maori language, including novels and children’s books in Te Reo, as well as beginners’ text books and dictionaries.

Learn Maori online with this mobile app, or if you have only a personal computer, learn the basics through online video lessions  and you can even hear spoken Te Reo Maori on youtube.    You can sign up here at Kupu Maori NZ to be sent a word a day.

If you want to get more serious, the local REAP often holds classes, or you may like to sign up to Te Wananga o Aotearoa for a certificate course.

 

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