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Māori Language week

This page might include information, links, and events that are specific to 2019. It will be updated as soon as 2020 information becomes available.

Whakanuia te wiki o te reo Māori – Celebrate Māori Language Week

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. Greetings to you all. 

Te wiki o te reo Māori takes place this year between 9 and 15 September.  Kia Kaha te reo Māori is the theme for this year’s Māori Language Week. ‘Kia Kaha’ is a well known phrase in New Zealand, meaning ‘be strong’. We often talk 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'.

Te wiki o te reo Māori provides an opportunity to celebrate and learn te reo Māori, helping to secure its future as a living, dynamic, and rich language. 

This resource page offers ideas, links, and stories to help schools engage with their parents, families, and whānau to support the learning of te reo Māori in both the school and home environment.

Get involved ... 

Learning te reo Māori resources
This page, developed by the Māori Language Commission, has a list of activities to help people learn te reo Māori. Why not promote these suggestions to your students and their whānau at your next assembly, in your school newsletter, or on your school website?

Hei waiata, hei whakakoakoa 
This collection of waiata and haka includes a songbook with lyrics, song sheets, curriculum achievement objectives, and suggestions for activities. You could share this resource with parents and whānau and encourage them to learn songs that can be sung together at home and at school.

2018/19 Te Kupu o te Wiki
A 50 week programme, teaching you 50 Māori words over 50 weeks. This resource, complete with sound clips, can be shared with parents and whānau at home.

Maori myths, legends, and contemporary stories
This is a collection of well known stories based on Māori oral traditions, stories which have been handed down through the generations. Promote storytelling in your school community by sharing this resource with students, parents, families, and whānau.

What is your school doing?
In this clip we hear teachers discuss some of the exciting things that are happening in their schools, in terms of Māori language teaching and learning. This clip could be shared with your parent community and used as a springboard to collectively evaluate and enhance your te reo Māori programme.

2019 Māori language parades
Māori Language parades will be held in Wellington, Rotorua, Gisborne, and Auckland in 2018. Visit the Māori Language Commission website to find out more information. 

Hukanui School stories

Nadine Malcom.

The staff and board of Hukanui School decided that they would like to focus on te reo Māori development within their school. This series of three videos explains their journey.

"I think it’s vitally important that teachers upskill themselves in te reo and tikanga Māori but also marry that and use effective second language acquisition techniques. You know, you could give teachers lists of vocabs and sentence structures, but what are the most effective ways to teach it, so that embedding happens effectively for the children?"

Nadine Malcolm – Hukanui School

Teaching and learning resources

Curriculum Guidelines for Teaching and Learning Te Reo Māori in English-medium Schools: Years 1–13
These guidelines are intended to help every English-medium school in New Zealand to design and shape a curriculum that includes te reo Māori, alongside other learning areas, and to acknowledge its value. The document describes the knowledge and understandings that students need to acquire and the levels of proficiency that they are expected to achieve as they progress through the eight levels of the curriculum.

Te reo Māori in English-medium schools
This website provides information and resources relevant to the teaching and learning of te reo Māori in English-medium schools. It offers lesson plans and a storehouse of teacher resources.

Ka mau te wehi!
This resource for year 7 and 8 teachers and students supports Māori language in schools. Ka Mau te Wehi! is an expression meaning awesome or fantastic. It is used in this context to acknowledge and celebrate all achievements, large or small, that are made by the teacher and learner as they learn te reo Māori together.

He reo tupu he reo ora
This is an online multimedia resource for teaching and learning te reo Māori. The primary audience is students in years 1–6 learning at levels 1–2 of Te Aro Arataki Marau (the curriculum guidelines for te reo Māori). It contains eight units of work with reomations (animations in te reo Māori) and videos on how the resource can be used.

Stories and inspiration

Nourishing Te Reo Māori in our schools
Janelle Riki-Waaka, CORE Education, talks about te reo Māori as a beautiful taonga for all kiwis – and keeping it preserved for future generations means ensuring that it becomes a language of our communities and of our schools. 

Māori technology glossary
Trident High School (Whakatane) has been working with Te taura whiri i te reo Māori – The Māori Language Commission - to translate common technology terms into te reo Māori.

EDtalk – Te reo Māori in English-medium schools
Tamara Bell challenges teachers in English-medium schools to increase achievement for Māori students by teaching te reo Māori. She also emphasises the importance of valuing students' cultural identities and establishing close connections with students and their whānau.

EDtalk – Technology and the use of te reo Māori
Dr Te Taka Keegan talks about ways to ensure that Māori language is normalised. He promotes the use of te reo Māori through social media, online networks, and other appropriate technology.

Teaching te reo Maori
This blog post highlights resources, tools, and school stories to help you carry the momentum of language learning during Te Wiki o te reo Māori into the rest of the school year.

Have you seen?

MASAM spotlight
Use our second spotlight to engage in professional learning about Māori achieving success as Māori. Explore what MASAM means to you and work together with your staff to devise ways to be more culturally responsive.


Inclusive Education Guides for Schools – Supporting Māori students
This guide focuses on inclusive teaching and learning strategies that can be used in the classroom to create a more effective learning environment for all Māori students.

Updated on: 12 Aug 2019