Last week was Te Wiki o te reo Māori, or Māori Language Week, providing an opportunity to celebrate and learn one of New Zealand’s three official language. The aim of this special week is to help secure Māori’s future as a living, dynamic, and rich language. This year’s theme was Te kupu o te wiki’ (the word of the week), challenging us to learn one Māori word a week for 50 weeks. This week’s word is āpōpō (tomorrow). But don’t leave it until āpōpō to start building your vocabulary. Find your ‘word of the week’ at koreromaori.co.nz

Logo saying Arohatia te Reo (Love Te Reo)At the launch of Māori Language Week in Wellington, Chairman of the Māori Language Commission Erima Henare said that it was up to Māori to use the language every day of the year. His organisation is pushing for more use of the language on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, to promote Māori with the younger generation in mind.

Initiatives like flash mob haka are also being encouraged, as is Māori pop music. For instance, Stan Walker, winner of Australian Idol in 2009, released a new song for the occasion. Have a look at the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDOq3bKl89E

Stefan