This is Māori Language Week

21 July 2014

There are four Māori words in Wellington City Council’s logo – Me Heke Ki Pōneke. Do you know what they mean?

Skater at Kilbirnie Roller Disco.

Join the fun at the Kilbirnie Roller Disco

There are four Māori words in Wellington City Council’s logo – Me Heke Ki Pōneke. Do you know what they mean?

This week is Māori Language Week – so it’s a perfect opportunity to find out.

Me Heke Ki Pōneke is an invitation to Wellington. It means come and take a look. Put together with Absolutely Positively Wellington, it oozes confidence. Come and take a look – we’re positive you’ll like what you see.

Three special family events are being held to celebrate Māori Language Week. Tomorrow
(Wednesday 23 July) City Gallery is staging ‘Language of Art/Toi te Reo’. All exhibitions will be open until 10pm with free entry, and visitors will have the chance to participate in an artwork led by Johnson Witehira, a specialist in Māori design.

On Friday the action shifts to Kilbirnie Recreation Centre and the Kilbirnie Roller Disco from 6.30–9pm. Bring your skates or tamariki tricycles and a goldcoin donation (sorry, no bikes or skateboards). There are some skates available for hire.

On Saturday Te Kōnohete, the kapa haka free concert, is on at Shed 6 on the waterfront from 2–6pm.

The Council’s kapa haka group, Me Heke Ki Pōneke, is one of 17 public-sector groups performing.

This week, the homepage on our website is bilingual. So test your skills. The artwork presented on the homepage is an excerpt of Johnson Witehira’s 2D representation of his recently-painted Waituhi mural in Opera House Lane.

Johnson Witehira, Waituhi, Mural, Opera House Lane.

Johnson Witehira, Waituhi, mural, Opera House Lane

The theme of Māori Language Week 2014 is Te Kupu o te Wiki or the Word of the Week. It challenges 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

To find out more about Māori Language Week events, go to our events calendar.