Māori Language Week

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Māori Language Week, te wiki o te reo Māori, is a government-sponsored initiative intended to encourage New Zealanders to promote the use of Māori language. Māori, English and New Zealand Sign Language are the official national languages of New Zealand. It is part of the broader Māori language revival.

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 organisations participating, including schools, libraries, government departments, etc.

In 2015 the New Zealand national cricket team played under the name of Aotearoa for their first match against Zimbabwe to celebrate Māori Language Week.[1]


Year Dates
2010 26 July—1 August
2011 4 July—10 July
2012 23 July—29 July
2013 1 July—7 July[2]
2014 21 July—27 July
2015 27 July—2 August[3]
2016 4 July—10 July[4]


  1. ^ "New Zealand to play as Aotearoa". ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 27 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Kōrero Māori". Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Maori Language Week". New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage. 
  4. ^ "2016 Māori Language Week". Māori Language Commission. 

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