Māori Language Week 2017

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.

Logo of the Māori Language Week 2017. It reads

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 Kia ora te reo Māori. It was chosen to celebrate Aotearoa’s indigenous greeting, and also because the words ‘Kia Ora’ describe the intent of the new partnerships for te reo Māori revitalisation between the Crown and Māori under the new Māori Language Act. The words literally translate as: let the Māori Language live.

Our celebration takes place this year from 11 September until 17 September.

Māori Language Parade

When: 11am, Monday 11 September 2017
Where: From the Cenotaph in Lambton Quay to Civic Square. 

The Māori Language Parade will start at the Cenotaph and proceed to Civic Square people will be met with entertainment and activities.

Each participating group is encouraged to organise a float, be that a bike, car, van or truck adorned in signs and symbols supporting te reo Māori. Alternatively you can come as an individual or group and join the parade with a sign showing your support for te reo Māori.

If you would like to be a part of the parade you can register online.

More information

For more information and events, visit the Māori Language Commission website.