Every year since 1975 New Zealand has marked Māori Language Week. This is a time for all New Zealanders to celebrate te reo Māori (the Māori language) and to use more Māori phrases in everyday life. In 2011 Māori Language Week is from 4–10 July, the theme is 'Manaakitanga – how we make people feel welcome when they are in our company, and how we give regard to and care for others when hosting visitors' (http://www.korero.maori.nz/news/mlw).
Manatū Taonga/Ministry for Culture and Heritage’s team of historians and writers create New Zealand historical content all year round on the websites www.nzhistory.net.nz, www.teara.govt.nz, www.28maoribattalion.org.nz, and www.vietnamwar.govt.nz; this week our websites are showing off their great Māori language content to support Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week).
If you need to know some of the most useful and common Māori words check out NZHistory’s ‘One hundred words every New Zealander should know’ feature: introduce yourself to a new Māori word a day during Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori here: or test your Māori knowledge with NZHistory’s Māori language quiz here.
Show your manaakitanga by greeting and welcoming colleagues and friends in te reo Māori this week!
Updated on 23rd July 2015