13 June 2021

Media Release

Bilingual and reo Māori booklets produced for Māori Language Week and available at Countdown supermarkets

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori has released two new phrase booklets to help promote the theme of Manaakitanga for this year’s Māori Language Week taking place from 4-10 July.
“Typically we produce just the one bilingual booklet for Māori Language Week, but given a key message for language revitalisation is language use, we would be remiss in not providing something aimed at intermediate level speakers and above, hence the two booklets”, says Chief Executive, Glenis Philip-Barbara.

“Both booklets follow thematic interpretations of the concept of manaakitanga – from caring for others, hospitality, showing respect, nurturing relationships through to caring for the environment and more – a number of manaakitanga “manifestations” are represented” says Glenis Philip-Barbara.
“Our partners - Te Puni Kōkiri and the Human Rights Commission, have been working with us to promote and celebrate the week throughout the country. We have produced additional resources also that support whānau and organisations using Māori language in their everyday activities,” says Glenis Philip-Barbara.

Resources for Māori Language Week 2011 include a bilingual and reo Māori full colour booklet ‘Manaakitanga’ written by language expert Pānia Papa, with helpful phrases, words and activities for a range of settings in the community; a recyclable shopping bag; stickers; wristbands; t-shirts and more.
“We also have a range of resources that can be downloaded from the website. These include a Manaakitanga poster; a word-find; and a template for listing your tribal connections in both English and Māori” says Glenis Philip-Barbara.
An order form can be downloaded from the Kōrero Māori website:
Please note that resources are being provided for free this year but at limited quantities. Those quantities are indicated on the order form. Postage however is still a cost that needs to be borne by those that are ordering.
However if you’re only after a singular booklet for yourself, you can pick up a free copy from your local Countdown supermarket. These will be available at Countdown during Māori Language Week.

“It’s great to have Countdown supermarkets on board again this year helping to support Māori Language Week. Accessibility to the phrase booklet, a core item for Māori Language Week promotions, has now greatly improved thanks to their participation and we hope this will also lead to increased language use in our communities” says Glenis Philip-Barbara.

For more information visit:

Contact: Debra Jensen, 04 471 6725, 027 231 4297  






Māori Language Week is made possible with the support of:

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori – Māori Language Commission
Te Puni Kōkiri – Ministry of Māori Development
Te Kāhui Tika Tangata – Human Rights Commission