08 Aug 2022
Tukua mai kia piri, kia tata Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2022! – Māori language week 2022 is fast approaching and this year marks a significant 50th anniversary - the signing of the Māori language petition. Want to learn or extend your knowledge? We have a few fun phrases to try and info on a campaign to get behind to champion te reo – Karawhiua e hoa mā kia kaha te reo Māori.
This is a pretty special year for te reo Māori being the 50th Anniversary of the presentation of the te reo Māori petition to parliament by Ngā Tama Toa and the Te Reo Māori Society, calling on the government to protect te reo and teach it in schools, a significant moment in the revitalisation of te reo Māori. That day, the 14th September became Māori Language Day and later Māori Language Week. For the past two years, at the very moment the petition was presented – 12pm on the 14th of September – more than 1 million New Zealanders have stopped to celebrate the Māori Language Moment.
Te ngahurutanga rima tekau o te Petihana Reo Māori: He whawhai mō te reo 50th anniversary: stories of the battle for te reo Māori
Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori the Māori Language Commission is launching a campaign calling for New Zealanders to start capturing the many stories of the battle for te reo Māori, to ensure that the language’s journey will be told and understood in years to come.
“We want to ensure that families and communities capture te reo stories that matter to them. Whether people want to share them publicly is up to them. The main thing is that they are captured so that future generations can understand why and how our people fought for the survival of te reo Māori,” said Professor Rawinia Higgins, Māori Language Commissioner.
Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori will be launching a timeline and website for people to share their stories of the battle for te reo Māori.
Creative New Zealand is supporting significant artworks that speak of the battle for te Māori including an art exhibition by Ngā Tama Toa member and artist Tame Iti, and a mural by renowned street artist Mr G that recognise the legacy of a champion for te reo Māori. Both works will be unveiled over September.
He Kōrero Ōpaki mō te ao toi – Fun phrases for the arts sector
We should go to that new show / exhibition Me puta tātou ki tērā mahi toi hou
Are you coming? Kei te haramai koe?
You better come! Me haramai koe!
You know it! E mea ana koe!
Day or night, I’m there! Ao po, po ao - kei reira!
Ka kanohi kitea tātou – hūrei! We can go out - how good!
Is it free? He kore utu?
No way Ehara!
Don’t mooch darl, not a good look. Kaua e hamu e kare kāore i te hua pai.
What’s this song? He aha tēnei waiata?
I like it! Tau kē!
Why is it good? He aha i pai ai?
He/she can sing! (just like a tui) Me he tui!
He/she has a deft hand (skill, accomplished) He ringa rehe
Kei hea he kōrero tua atu? Where to find more information
Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 12- 18 September 2022