Te Rā mō te Reo Māori – 14 o Mahuru

He tohu maumahara te Rā mō te Reo Māori ki ngā mahi o te tau 1972, i taua rā tonu ka tukuna atu tētahi petihana ki te Paremata. He mea inoi atu te petihana nei kia kawea ētahi akoranga reo Māori, akoranga Māoritanga hoki i roto i ngā kura o Aotearoa.

Nā taua petihana te huarahi i para, ā tōna wā, kia maranga ake ai ko Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, kia tūturu hoki te tū o te reo Māori hei reo ā-ture mō Aotearoa.

Kāore i roa ka whānui haere te Rā mō te Reo Māori, ā, i te tau 1975 ka huri hei Wiki mō te Reo Māori. I muri tonu mai ka neke te Wiki o te Reo Māori ki te marama o Pipiri, kia rite ki ngā mahi o te tau ā-kura.

He rā nui te Rā o te Reo Māori, he rā e akiaki ana i te marea ki te kōrero, ki te whakatairanga hoki i te reo Māori.

Ia tau, ka tū ko ngā Tohu mō te Wiki o te Reo Māori i taua rā tonu. He kaupapa whakanui, he kaupapa whakahau hoki i te katoa ki te whakapau i ō rātou kaha ki te kōrero i te reo.

Kua wātea ngā hunga pāpāho, ngā pakihi, ngā tari kāwanatanga, ngā rōpū hapori, ngā kura me ngā whare pukapuka ki te uru mai ki ēnei tohu. Me whakaatu rātou i ō rātou kaupapa whakatairanga i te reo Māori i te Wiki o te Reo Maori.

Ko wai mā ngā rōpū kua whakawhāititia mō ngā kaitohu o tēnei tau.

Ki te rapu kōrero atu anō koe mō te reo Māori i ngā tau ki muri me te āhua o te reo Māori, tēnā pānuitia ngā kōrero mō ngā tau ki muri mō te reo Māori.

Māori Language Day – September 14

Māori Language Day marks the date in 1972 when a petition calling for courses in Māori language and culture to be offered in New Zealand schools was presented at Parliament. That petition was an important step in the eventual foundation of the Māori Language Commission and to the recognition of Māori as an official language of New Zealand. The day grew to a week in 1975 with the inception of Māori Language Week. Later, celebrations of that week were moved from September to July in order to fit in better with the school year.

Māori Language Day has become an opportunity for people to encourage others to use reo Māori and to promote it. The Māori Language Week Awards which are held annually on this day, celebrate and encourage all those who get out there and give reo Māori a go.

The media, businesses, government and community organisations, schools and libraries are able to enter the awards by showing how they supported reo Māori during Māori Language Week.

Find out about this year’s awards finalists.

For more information about the history and use of reo Māori read about the History of the Māori Language.