He whakaaro mo Te Wiki o te Reo Maori 2013
Ideas for Maori Language Week 2013

Nga Ingoa Maori
Maori Names

The theme for Te Wiki o te Reo Maori 2013 is ‘Nga Ingoa Maori, Maori Names’

This includes place names and personal names and gives us an opportunity to learn about the meanings of our local place names and our local history.

These ideas will help you to arrange your activities for Te Wiki o te Reo Maori 2013.


Hear rangatahi talking about their ingoa Maori, their names:

Hauauru Rae

Tiopira Piripi

Te Rongorito 



Learn about local Maori place names, their history and pronunciation (hear the names here)

Use bilingual signs around the office (download signs here)                                                                              

Use te reo in phone greetings and recorded messages

Hold mini-Maori lessons at work on pronunciation; basic reo skills etc.                                                                              

Does your town have a Maori name? Help staff to learn about the meaning and to pronounce the name properly.

 For parents: find a Maori name for baby:


Maori names: adopt a bilingual name for your organisation

Use macrons for Maori names in all written material. Tamaki.                                                        

Check this link with pronunciation help:


Use Maori place names on mail addresses e.g. Tamakimakaurau for Auckland.              

Media organisations: make sure you use macrons for all Maori words and names – it’s a useful way to recognise Maori as an official language.

Gather ideas from winning activities undertaken during Te Wiki o te Reo Maori 2012. [here]             

Activities for Te Wiki o te Reo Maori should be about:

• having fun e.g. games, quizzes, karaoke, shared kai etc.
• building vocabulary
• promoting bilingualism
• working with your community.

Useful links

A Maori name for baby?

Learn basic Maori pronunciation here:

Hear Maori names pronounced here:






Nga momo mahi

Having fun: Remember to make learning and using te reo fun. Try playing games, organising activities, playing a sport. Many games can be translated or adapted. Or revive Maori activities such as whai (string games), tititorea (stick games) or raranga (weaving).

Building vocabulary: There are many ways to increase your vocab, like placing labels on equipment. Take a ‘step by step’ approach and learn one word a day, or more, or less. Remember to use the Maori that you know – if you help one person learn one word, you’re helping the Maori language to grow.

Promoting bilingualism: At work or school, we all play a role in supporting learners of Maori. Bilingualism is a skill that our workplaces can value. Becoming bilingual is an achievable goal, with many New Zealanders working toward this challenge. 


Moving toward fluency: Fluency begins with learning just one word. Each word you learn is a step toward fluency in te reo Maori. Why not make opportunities to learn during Maori Language Week? It’s an awesome time to set goals plan how to get there.  






































Everyday activities: What activities are you planning for MLW? Give te reo Maori a role - if you need help with vocab, ask others for help and remember – there are many resources to support you to korero Maori.






































He whakaaro ano mo Te Wiki Reo Maori
More ideas for Maori Language Week

We hope these pages will be inspiring and encouraging for you during this year's Wiki o te Reo Maori, and all year round!

Maori Language Week is made possible through the support and co-operation of:
Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori – Maori Language Commission
Te Puni Kokiri – Ministry of Maori Development
Te Kahui Tika Tangata – Human Rights Commission