Topic: Māori Language Week

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2016- Ākina te reo- give te reo a go!

By Online News - Rereātea

Ākina te reo- give te reo Māori a go is this year's theme for Māori Language Week. All New Zealander's are encouraged to use te reo Māori at home or in their place of work, to show support for the language.

The theme is also aligned with sports, ahead of the 2016 Olympics in Rio where hundreds of New Zealand athletes will compete.

Sport is a big part of Māoridom. Statistics show 68% of all Māori people engage in sport and over 70% New Zealanders either play, volunteer or watch sport. 

Inaugural Māori Language Week parade

More than 3000 people are expected to attend the inaugural Māori Language parade in Wellington.

The parade is about celebrating and promoting the Māori language in a public forum. It will start making momentum at 11:30am outside the University of Victoria's law faculty and end at Te Papa.

It's the largest event Te Taura Whiri has ever organised to promote the Māori language. 

Activities have been arranged for both adults and children who attend the event. Following the pōhiri at Te Papa, attendees will then participate in activities and will enjoy entertainment. 

A performance by Ngā Taonga Mai Tawhiti haka group will also take place.

Guest speakers including Minister of Māori Development Te Ururoa Flavell, MC Stacey Morrison, ambassador Jenny-May Clarkson and Julian Dennison will address the audience. 

Over the past couple of months, members of the public and businesses in the capital were encouraged to take part in the event by entering a float. As of June 27, 14 floats have been registered to take part.

Key statistics- Te Reo Māori speakers

Statistics show that in 2013 148, 395 people (3.7%) in Aotearoa could converse in the Māori language. This was a decrease from statistics released in 2006 showing a total of 4% of New Zealanders who could speak the language. 

Thos aged under 30 were more likely to speak te reo than those over 30. Those under the age of 30 had Māori speaking above the national average of 3.7%.

People over the age of 65 were under the national average for speaking Māori at 2.5%.

Over the past 30 years, there has been an increase in the number of speakers amongst younger age groups.

Various kaupapa to celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori will take place around the country. The Online News team and Te Kāea will be bringing you daily updates on our website. You can also stay connected via our Te Kāea Facebook page.