A one in a million moment

Maori Language Moment - Maori Language Day - Waitangi


Te Wiki o te reo Māori starts with a defining moment -Te Wā Tuku Reo Māori /Māori Language Moment, with the goal of one million of us using te reo Māori at the same time. No matter where you’re from or how well you speak, play your part to strengthen te reo Māori.  Celebrate with waiata, kōrero, tākaro, pānui, ako, me whakarongo. Join the Māori Language Moment – be part of the journey to reach a million speakers by 2040! 

On this same day at the same time,14 September 12pm in 1972, a petition with 30 000 signatures collected by the influential group, Ngā Tamatoa, was delivered to parliament. This called for te reo to be actively recognised and taught in schools, a significant moment in the revival of te reo.  Māori Language Day was started that same year and in 1975 it was extended to Māori Language Week,  part of a broad Māori language revival programme to raise awareness for Māori language learning and public usage. Mahuru Māori (Māori September) began in 2017 to promote the use of te reo Māori throughout September. For practical ideas and resources to use te reo at home, school or workplaces visit Te Wiki o te reo Māori


Maori Language Moment - Maori Language Day - Waitangi
1972 petition to introduce te reo Māori in schools                                                                                                                                 Image source


12/9/2020  Imogen Rider