Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori - Māori Language Week 2020


​​​​​​14 - 20 Mahuru September 2020

This year Rotorua Library Te Aka Mauri intends to celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori | Māori Language Week with three special events.  All these events are free and open to the general public but under COVID Alert Level 2, numbers will be restricted, so bookings are recommended.​


Ngā Huarahi Ingoa Māori | Rotorua Māori Street Names

Well known Rotorua historian and popular speaker, Ben Manley gave a talk at the library on Ngā Huarahi Ingoa Māori o Rotorua | Rotorua Māori Street Names - exploring the origin and secret histories behind some of Rotorua's Māori Street names.  Manley has talked numerous times at the library and has always been well received for his research, knowledge and delivery style.  

He Pī Ka Rere

An extra special Māori Language Week He Pī Ka Rere session of singing, storytelling and crafts for under 5's is available online on the Library's Facebook Page​ on Monday 14th, Wednesday 16th and Friday 18th September.  Kylie Holmes, Youth and Early Learning Lead - Kaiurungi Ako Taiohi says they are all looking forward to welcoming families back into the library when Alert levels are eased but in the meantime her team is busy preparing lots of entertaining online programmes that can be accessed 24/7.​

Waiata Mai

For Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, there is to be an extra Waiata Mai session held on Thursday 17 September at 12.15pm in the Discovery Space on the 2nd floor.   Waiata Mai is usually held on the first Thursday of each month and is run by talented singer and guitarist, Clark Pirika.  We welcome anyone to come and join in and​ all the words are provided.  Bookings are recommended HERE

Kōpūpūtai i te Reo Māori

Our popular, twice weekly Māori Language classes, Kōpūpūtai i te Reo Māori for beginners and intermediate level speakers, run by Wiremu Keepa are currently at capacity but interested people can put their names forward by emailing Library@rotorualc.nz to be notified when there are spaces available.


Library staff took part in the Māori Moment on Monday 14 September, an initiative to mark  the day and the hour in 1972 when a group of Māori language champions presented a petition on the steps of parliament calling for te reo to be taught in our schools.  
Library staff singing for the Māori Mome​nt​


Māori Language resources in our Library​

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori​ - information, resources, events and activities

Te Reo Māori Online Quiz​

Māori Dictionary​

​​Māori terminology for the Environment​

Māori terminology for Covid-19


















Page reviewed: 29 Sep 2020 12:19pm