Māori Language Week

Te reo Māori has been an official language of New Zealand since 1987. 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.

Image of kids at Māori Language Week parade in 2018

Māori Language Week is organised by Te Taura Whiri (Māori Language Commission).

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2020

14-20 September 

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori will look a little different this year due to COVID-19. Sadly we can’t have our famous street parade, due to risks and restrictions around large gatherings, but there is plenty of other great stuff planned across the week. From Piki mai ki Pōneke flags, and larger than life projections in the CBD, a Māori language moment for the whole country to take part in, not to mention the exciting unveiling of a couple of new place names around the city – this week is all about celebrating te reo Māori in Pōneke! 

Māori Language Moment 

Me ata whakarongo listen closely, because this year something special is happening. Right across the country we’re being encouraged to come together at 12pm on Monday 14 September to take part in a nationwide ‘Māori Language Moment’. It’s kind of like a shared moment of silence, but quite the opposite! It’s all about embracing te reo, whatever that means for you. Whether it’s a song, a haka, or a karakia with some shared kai, let's show some aroha to te reo Māori and continue the kōrero! 

What’s on

  • Monday 14 September, midday: Māori Language Moment – Te Wā Tuku Reo Māori
  • Tuesday 15 September, 6pm: Ngā Tāngata Kōrero mō te Reo at City Gallery Wellington. Find out more here.
  • Mahuru Māori at Capital E. Find out more here.