Culture

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

Te Reo, Māori is the indigenous language of Aotearoa, New Zealand and is one of three official languages.

Te reo Māori is a unique and poetic language that is central to the culture and identity of Māori and that of Aotearoa, New Zealand.

New Zealand celebrates Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, Māori language week annually to commemorate the presentation of the 1972 Māori language petition on September 14 to parliament.

In 1986 te reo Māori was guaranteed as a taonga (treasure), under the Treaty of Waitangi and was later made an official language of Aotearoa, New Zealand in 1987.

In the past decade the number of te reo Māori speakers in New Zealand has been steadily increasing and the government has set the goal of having one million New Zealanders able to speak basic te reo Māori by 2040.

Here are some common words and phrases that you can try out.

Kia ora - Hello
Nau mai, haere mai - Welcome
Kei te pēhea koe? - How’s it going?
Tino pai - Really good
Ka kite anō - See you again
Ngā mihi – Acknowledgements
Mā te wā – See you later!