Māori Language Week

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.

Details for 2018 will be announced later in the year.

More information

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