Māori Language Week 2016

Māori Language Week has been celebrated in New Zealand since 1975, in an effort to raise awareness of the language, and get New Zealanders to embrace te reo Māori and use it more.

Māori Language Week 2016 banner

Te reo Māori has been an official language of New Zealand since 1987. Māori Language Week is organised by the Māori Language Commission.

This year’s theme is ākina to reo – behind you all the way, which is about using te reo Māori to support people, to inspire them and to cheer them on.

The campaign will run from 4-10 July, and there are a number of events which the Wellington public can get behind and show their support for te reo Māori this year.


  • Monday 4 July, 11:30am: New Zealand’s first parade to celebrate Māori language week from Parliament to Te Papa. Join Māori Language Week ambassadors Andrew Mehrtens, Jenny-May Clarkson, Nehe Milner and Julian Dennison. 
  • Monday 4 July: Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and Council members will join 200 college students to haka the parade floats into Te Papa.
  • Thursday 7 July: Toi te reo event at City Gallery. Join us to celebrate Te Wiki o te reo Māori / Māori Language Week with a special night of ngā toi/art, pūoro/music and kōrero/ storytelling at this month's Tuatara Open Late. The evening will feature Ngā Tāngata Kōrero mō te Reo / True Stories Told Live with renowned New Zealand artists, writers and speakers. All galleries will be open late, and there will supper treats and a cash bar available.
  • Friday 8 July: Māori Language Week Family Roller Disco: This annual event at Kilbirnie Recreation Centre always proves popular with bright lights, live music, and lots of te reo.. and let’s not forget the rollerskating! The fun and games kick-off from 6:30-9pm for just a gold coin koha.