Kia Kaha te Reo Māori (let’s make the Māori language strong) is the theme of this year’s Māori Language Week which runs until Sunday 16 September.
Since its beginnings in 1975 Māori Language Week encourages all New Zealanders to celebrate te reo and use Māori phrases in everyday life.
Earlier this week a public beginner’s te reo class and fish and chips night was held with Anton Matthews from Christchurch at Rangitāne Cultural Centre. His fun tips and encouragement for using te reo phrases in everyday conversation were a hit with attendees.
To hear more from Anton and his visit to Marlborough listen to his interview on Radio New Zealand.
A fantastic resource to help you get started learning te reo is New Zealand History’s 100 Māori words every New Zealander should know. The list includes sounds files to hear the correct pronunciation and covers topics from people, greetings and body parts.
We have a large collection of books and other resources about Maoritanga and Maori history. Which includes books written in Te Reo for children and Maori myths and legends.
We also have a number of online resources including the Māori Dictionary and Te Ara, the Encyclopaedia of New Zealand.