Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) has been recognised in Aotearoa since 1975. It’s an official week on our national calendar to honour, celebrate and promote te reo Māori. It’s also a great encouragement to us all to use more te reo Māori in our everyday lives, starting at home with our whānau!
This year, 2023, the Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori runs from 11th September - 17th September, and in the midst of that, a Māori Language Moment is planned. At 12pm on Thursday 14th September, people are encouraged to pause, and do something to acknowledge te reo Māori - speak, read, sing, listen. A te reo Māori moment nationwide - sounds special!
Each year, Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori falls within Mahuru Māori – a month-long reo challenge which lines up with Maramataka, the Māori calendar. This year, Mahuru Māori begins on Friday 15th September – which means now is the perfect time to take up the wero (challenge) with your whānau!