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

Mo nga wahi mahi me nga hapori
For workplaces and community

No matter what your level of fluency, there are many ways to celebrate te reo. Maori Language Week is a great time to start!

  • Develop a Maori Language Plan for your workplace.
  • Make it public. Place radio, television or print advertisements for products, services and/or staff in Maori.  
  • At your fingertips. Ensure you have access to Maori dictionaries and vocabulary that pertains to their work.  
  • He Panui. Include Maori language in your newsletter.    
  • What's in a name? Adopt a Maori name for your business. (Need help with this?)

  • Say it with signs. Arrange for Maori signage in your office.  
  • Encourage staff members to learn Maori. Reward those who do.  
  • Nominate a person in your organisation to promote Maori language activities.  
  • Warm reception. Arrange for reception staff  to learn Maori phrases so they can greet clients in Maori.  
  • Kia ora. Encourage all staff to use 'kia ora' when answering the phone and greeting clients.

  • Write it. Put together a bi-lingual greeting and sign off for all correspondence.

  • Market in Maori. Use Maori language in your marketing material.   

  • Display. Set up a Maori language display during Maori Language Week using vocabulary and phrases pertaining to your organisation or group.

  • Promote Maori language use among other groups or organisations in your sector.  
  • Enter the Maori Language Week Awards.


    Korerohia mai ano!
    Tell me more!

  • For learners

  • For fluent speakers

  • For schools

  • Tell me more about this year's Maori Language Week theme

  • Phrases for special occasions



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