This week is Māori language week. Every year since 1975 New Zealand has marked Māori Language Week. This year is extra special as 14 September marks the 50th anniversary of the Māori Language Petition.
The Māori Language Petition (Te Petihana) presentation to Parliament on 14 September 1972, with over 30,000 signatures, kickstarted major shifts in the revival of te reo Māori as a living language in Aotearoa New Zealand.
During the week:
Follow ReoMāori on Instagram or Facebook for all the latest updates on Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori.
The team who create content for ReoMāori, provide downloadable resources like these below, to help you on your te reo Māori journey.
Listen to acclaimed music artists, like Six60, Drax Project and Sol3 Mio who have recorded songs in te reo Māori.
You can also watch on TVNZ on demand as they share their personal stories when translating and recording their songs.
If you are interested in learning te reo Māori, with many courses having waiting lists, or you may not be ready to formally learn just yet, some of the ways you can start your journey are with resources like the kōreroreo app. Created by AUT, this is a free app that teaches how to use te reo Māori in real life situations.
What is a Karakia?
As the week comes to an end, and you bring together whānau and friends over food, try saying a Karakia mō te Kai – blessing the food.
Karakia are prayers or chants that invoke guidance and protection.
Karakia mō te kai – blessing of food – is said or sung before eating our kai. There are many versions, and most give thanks to those who have grown and prepared the food and can be religious.
Many version of karakia can be found online such as the Te Puni Kōkiri website or on YouTube.