Every year since 1975 New Zealand has marked Māori Language Week. This is a time for all New Zealanders to celebrate te reo Māori (the Māori language) and to use more Māori phrases in everyday life. In 2017 Māori Language Week runs from 11-17 September, the theme is 'Kia ora te reo' – which celebrates New Zealand’s indigenous greeting and the intent of te reo Māori revitalisation efforts between the Crown and Māori.
- How do you celebrate Maori Language Week in your class/school?
- Why is this an important week to New Zealand?
- How does New Zealand celebrate Maori Language Week?
- Can you name any local places of significance that have a Maori name?Why are they significant?
- What is your favourite Maori phrase or a saying you have heard this week?
- What other languages are a part of your school and are these celebrated?
- What are the three official languages of New Zealand?
- If New Zealand was to officially celebrate another language what language do you think that should be? Why?
- Do you know of other countries that celebrate a second language in their country? What country and how do they celebrate?
We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday at 2pm for our chat.