Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori - Māori Language Week 2017

Kia Ora Te Reo Māori (11 – 17 September)
Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato (the University of Waikato) is once again supporting Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week.

The theme for this year is “Kia ora Te Reo Māori” was chosen to celebrate New Zealand’s indigenous greeting, and also as the words ‘Kia ora’ are an exact description of the intent of the new partnerships for te reo Māori revitalisation between the Crown and Māori under the new Māori Language Act 2016.

The University has a strong history in language revitalisation, teaching and research excellence in te reo Māori. To celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, the University will be hosting a number of activities.

University of Waikato Events

There’s no “cat” in Waikato

One thing everyone can do this Wiki o Te Reo Māori, is learn to pronounce Waikato correctly.

Waikato (why-cut-or), n.
It’s not hard, but it IS important!

Don’t forget to check your voicemail messages to make sure you are pronouncing Waikato correctly. Keep practicing until it becomes habit.

Kīngitanga Day

In 2017, Kīngitanga Day falls on the Thursday of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori. Check out the programme of events.

Tutira Mai Nga Iwi!

Relive (or get a taste of) an Aotearoa schooldays classic, and join us for a mass waiata! Snap a group selfie of you and at least two others from your work team at the mass waiata, snap us @waikatouni or upload to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #TutiraMaiKDay and be in to win

Practice sessions
Wednesday 6 September & Wednesday 13 September
1pm - 2pm

Mass Waiata
Thursday 14 September
3.30pm – 4pm
Village Green

"He Kawhe Kore Utu" (free coffee)

For the week of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, the first 30 people to order a hot drink in te reo Māori from Kahurangi Cafe each day will get their drink free!

Library Display

The Library will play host to a fun and interactive display supporting Te Wiki o te reo Māori. Activities include a student competition to be drawn at 2:00pm on Kīngitanga Day (Thursday) and a giant Scrabble game – Hanga Kupu.​

Go and check it out!

Other events


Whether you are a beginner or a fluent speaker, there are a number of resources available to you. From publications and tips, to labels and posters, there's a range of resources to help you learn.

To get you started, here are some common phrases you can practice during Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori:

Ngā Mihi – Greetings

Kia ora Hi
Tēnā koe Hello (to one person)
Tēnā kōrua Hello (to two people)
Tēnā koutou Hello (to three or more people)
Inquiring Questions 
Kei te pēhea koe? How are you?
Kei te pai ahau I'm good
Ka nui te ora I'm great
Me koe? And you?
Haere rā Goodbye (to someone leaving)
E noho rā Goodbye (to someone staying)
Ka kite anō See you again
Hei konā See you later

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