E ngā muka tangata o Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha kua rangitāmirohia nei e tā tātou kaupapa huia kaimanawa i te wiki nei, arā, ko te whakanuia o te reo mō Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, tēnā tātou. Ahakoa te iti, te nui rānei o te puna kupu, me kaha tātou ki te whakamahi, ki te kōrero hoki i te reo, kia ora ai te reo Māori ki tō tātou Whare Wānanga o Waitaha, ki te hapori, ki ngā wāhi katoa o te motu – hīkina te mānuka!
Greetings to all staff and students as, next week, we support another Māori Language Week here at UC. Te Wiki o te reo Māori is a great time for us all to embrace the challenge of speaking and using te reo Māori – regardless of how little or how much we may have so that we can strengthen the use of reo Māori within our institution, our community and across all of Aotearoa – let’s take up the challenge!
This year, UC will celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, from today to 15 Mahuru (September) (view the full programme here). The theme 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.
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori is an opportunity to embrace te reo and build your bicultural competence and confidence. A range of activities will be happening across campus over the next week. I encourage you to make the most of the events and resources available, particularly the sound files on the Ngā Ingoa Māori i Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha webpage. Here you can learn key role, unit and building names at UC and how to pronounce them in te reo Māori.
Beyond Te Wiki there are many opportunities here at UC for you to begin your learning journey or continue on the pathway towards strengthenging your Māori language skills and knowledge by completing courses at Aotahi – School of Māori and Indigenous Studies or by participating in a Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora or Te Reo Māori for the Workplace workshop. Whatever pathway you choose, this week is also a great time to begin using the words you know in everyday conversation on an ongoing basis.
Kia kaha, kia māia, kia manawanui e hoa mā!
Mauri ora, nā
Dr Rod Carr
Vice-Chancellor Te Tumu Whakarae