Māori Language Week

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Māori Language Week (Māori: Te Wiki o te Reo Māori) is a government-sponsored initiative intended to encourage New Zealanders to promote the use of the Māori language, which, along with English and New Zealand Sign Language, is an official language of the country. Māori Language Week is part of a broader revival of the Māori language.

It has been celebrated since 1975 and is currently spearheaded by Te Puni Kōkiri (the Ministry of Māori Development) and the Māori Language Commission, with many organizations including schools, libraries, and government departments participating.

On August 2, 2015, to celebrate Māori Language Week, the Black Caps (the New Zealand national cricket team) played under the name of Aotearoa for their first match against Zimbabwe.[1]


Year Dates Theme
2007 23 July–29 July[2] Tapoi (Tourism)[3]
2008 21 July–27 July "Te Reo i te Kāinga" ("Māori Language in the Home")[4]
2009 27 July–2 August[5] "Te Reo i te Hapori" ("Māori Language in the Community")[6]
2010 26 July–1 August "Te Mahi Kai" ("The language of food")[7]
2011 4 July–10 July "Manaakitanga" ("Hospitality" or "Kindness"[8])[9]
2012 23 July–29 July "Arohatia te reo" ("Cherish the language")[10]
2013 1 July–7 July[11] "Ngā ingoa Māori" ("Māori names")[12]
2014 21 July–27 July "Te kupu o te wiki" ("Word of the week")[13]
2015 27 July–2 August[14] "Whāngaia te reo (ki ngā mātua)" ("Nurture the language (in parents)")[15]
2016 4 July–10 July[16] "Ākina te reo" ("Behind you all the way")[16]
2017 11 September–17 September[17] "Kia ora te reo Māori" ("Let the Māori language live")[18]


  1. ^ "New Zealand to play as Aotearoa". ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 27 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Happy Maori Language Week! — Salient". salient.org.nz. Retrieved 2017-10-08. 
  3. ^ "New Maori Language Resources Get Tourism Theme | Scoop News". www.scoop.co.nz. Retrieved 2017-10-08. 
  4. ^ "Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori". The Beehive. Retrieved 2017-10-08. 
  5. ^ "Whakanuia Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2009! | Centre of Kawhia". www.naumaiplace.com. Retrieved 2017-10-08. 
  6. ^ "Māori Language Week 2009: Māori Language in the Community — Salient". salient.org.nz. Retrieved 2017-10-08. 
  7. ^ "Māori Language Week 2010" (PDF). West Coast DHB. Retrieved September 11, 2017. 
  8. ^ "manaakitanga - Māori Dictionary". maoridictionary.co.nz. Retrieved 2017-09-11. 
  9. ^ ""Manaakitanga" theme for Māori Language Week 2011 | Scoop News". www.scoop.co.nz. Retrieved 2017-09-11. 
  10. ^ "Arohatia te reo theme for 2012 Maori language week 2012". Radio New Zealand. 2011-12-20. Retrieved 2017-09-11. 
  11. ^ "Kōrero Māori". Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  12. ^ "New date and theme for Māori Language Week 2013 | Scoop News". www.scoop.co.nz. Retrieved 2017-09-11. 
  13. ^ "Māori Language Week 2014". Conservation blog. Department of Conservation. 2014-07-20. Retrieved 2017-09-11. 
  14. ^ "Maori Language Week". New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage. 
  15. ^ "2015 Māori Language Week | Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori". www.tetaurawhiri.govt.nz. Retrieved 2017-09-11. 
  16. ^ a b "2016 Māori Language Week". Māori Language Commission. 
  17. ^ "Māori Language Week 2017 | Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori". www.tetaurawhiri.govt.nz. Retrieved 2017-09-11. 
  18. ^ "Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori". www.tetaurawhiri.govt.nz. Retrieved 2017-09-11. 

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