Māori Language week has been celebrated each year from 1975 and this year the chosen theme is 'Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’.

‘Kia Kaha’ is well understood in New Zealand English with its meaning of ‘be strong’. We often talk about languages as if they are people – talking about language health, strength and revitalisation. So when we say ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ we’re saying  - ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong'.

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In celebration of  Te Wiki o te Reo Māori we invite you to visit our Facebook page and learn some commonly used phrases with us!

We will be uploading a short video clip every day of the week of our staff pronouncing some commonly used phrases.

You don’t need to login to Facebook or have an account, just visit Puke Ariki Facebook to view the clips. Once each clip is live on Facebook we will link to it from this page.

Each day has a theme:

Monday 9 September – Greetings
Tuesday 10 September – How are you? and responses
Wednesday 11 September – Where are you? and responses
Thursday 12 September – Opposites
Friday 13 September - Key phrases
Saturday 14 September – Commands 
Sunday 15 September – Farewells

You can also check out our Māori language self instruction booklists