[lg policy] Workplaces, organisations, schools and community groups are being reminded to start planning their activities to celebrate Māori Language Week 2019.

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Fri May 31 11:42:20 EDT 2019


Workplaces, organisations, schools and community groups are being reminded
to start planning their activities to celebrate Māori Language Week 2019.

>From September 9 to 15, Aotearoa will celebrate the Māori language and its
revitalisation.

Māori Language Commission Chief Executive Ngahiwi Apanui says it’s a chance
for everyone to do something to support the indigenous language and “enjoy
what it can add to our lives”.

“In your workplace, organisation, school or community group, celebrate te
reo Māori. As we say, ‘Ahakoa iti, akona, kōrerotia. Learn a little. Use a
little!,’” says Apanui.

The theme for 2019 is 'Kia Kaha te Reo Māori'.

Apanui says 'Kia Kaha' is well known by both Māori and English speakers and
came into popular, New Zealand-wide, use in the 19th century as part of the
sports chant 'Kia Kaha, Ake, Ake, Ake!'
Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2018

In previous years, Māori Language Week has influenced business and
organisations to promote its status through things such as bilingual
signage.
*Hikoi in Pōneke*

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Last year, thousands of people marched in Wellington to celebrate the
city’s Māori Language week.

Marchers were welcomed onto Wellington's Civic Square, recently named Te
Ngākau in one of the first steps by council to implement their initiative
to become a reo Māori capital by 2040.

Wellington City Mayor Justin Lester says, "Te Tauihu, our policy was
introduced and we've seen a whole lot of changes already in the city and
are looking forward to rolling those out over the course of the next coming
years."
*New learners*

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Last year, was a first for some Asian immigrants who started to learn the
language.

Māori language student Julie Zhu said it opened her mind to the treasures
of the Māori world and the uniqueness of Māori history.

“It is very special for us as foreigners of this country to learn of the
history of this country because for me...this is where I call home now."
*Safekids*

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Safekids Aotearoa produced a series of child injury prevention messages to
coincide with last year's Māori Language Week.

Director Melissa Wilson said it was, “important in our work that we take
the time to listen to our tamariki and understand what injury prevention
looks like through their eyes.

“Equally important is exploring the language and concepts of injury
prevention with a kaupapa Māori lens,” she says.

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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
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