Te reo Māori - a unique taonga bringing us all together
September 12, 2021
2021 aims for 2 million of us to set the world record for the biggest single, simultaneous celebration of an endangered language. Gathering together to help revitalise te reo Māori shows we value protecting our unique taonga for future generations.
The virtual moment, hosted by the Māori Language Commission, takes place at 12pm on Tuesday 14th September 2021. Participants sign up online and embrace te reo Māori as part of our unique identity, celebrating te reo from wherever they are, in whatever way they wish, including listening, learning, speaking, singing, reading or playing.
What is the significance of the exact hour and date of Māori Language Moment? In 1972 the influential group, Ngā Tamatoa, collected a petition of over 30 000 signatures calling for the government to offer Māori language in schools, as a gift from Māori to Pākehā. This petition was delivered to Parliament on September 14 at 12pm. That year the group was also instrumental in establishing Māori Language Day, which extended to Māori Language Week in 1975 and Mahuru Māori (Māori September) in 2014. This date is also significant as it marks the start of the 1975 Land March led by Māori leader Whina Cooper.
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