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Professor Jeanette King calls for tolerance and te reo as Te Wiki o Te Reo opens at UC

Professor Jeanette King opened Te Wiki o Te Reo at UC on Monday 14 September (her words were read by Dr Abby Suzko) with a call to all to upskill in te reo:

Mēnā he tauiwi koe, he maha ngā hua o te ako, me te kōrero i te reo Māori
For those who aren’t Māori, there are many benefits to learning and speaking te reo

Engari ko te hua nui rawa atu ki ahau ko te hono ki te reo o ngā tāngata whenua o tēnei whenua
But I think the most important reason is being able to connect with the original inhabitants of our country

Kia kī koe he tangata tūturu o tēnei whenua
So you can say that you are properly living in this country

Kia mōhio pai koe ki ngā tikanga me ngā āhuatanga o te iwi Māori
So you can engage with the customs and other aspects of the Māori populace

Kia kī koe he tangata tiriti koe
So you can call yourself a ‘tangata tiriti’

Kia tū tātou katoa hei tāngata manaaki, tāngata atawhai i a tātou anō
So we can all be tolerant and caring to each other

Ki te ako koe i tētahi atu reo ka hurihia ngā āhuatanga o tō roro
Learning another language rewires your brain

Ki te whakawhānui i ō whakaaro me tō māramatanga
To broaden your thinking and understanding

Nō reira, kei te reo te wairua me ngā tikanga o te ao Māori
As a result, Māori language is the door to the Māori way of thinking and being

Kia tū pai koe hei tangata nō Aotearoa
So you can stand proudly as an inhabitant of Aotearoa

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

Today marks the start of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori | Māori Language Week (14-19 Rima | September)! Get involved in the abundance of great activities on offer at UC to celebrate over the week.

Activities begin at 12pm today with the Whakatuwhera | Opening of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori in Te Puna Mātauraka | Central Library, Puaka-James Hight.

There is also a chance to join the Te Reo Māori Moment at 12pm on Monday 14 September, and have a conversation in Te Reo! Find out more here>

Have a look at everything going on at UC over the week, click here>

Keen to make your kawhe (coffee) order in te reo? Here’s a guideline to get you started:

Be part of the Māori Language Moment

People across Aotearoa will come together at 12pm on Monday 14 September to speak, sing or play te reo Māori. Join this historic moment and celebrate te reo at UC!

You can get involved in any way you like – this could be saying “kia ora” to a colleague or student, starting a lecture with a karakia, or teaching yourself a new saying. Use the resources provided by UC Māori to help you get started (available here). 

Māori Language Moment marks the start of Te Wiki o te reo Māori, and there are lots of events and activities coming up on campus. Have a look at the timetable for activities around UC here.

Two new UC Māori language resources for kaimahi

To celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori this year, in addition to attending one of our Māori Language Week events or activities , Te Waka Pākākano are launching two new rauemi reo (Māori language resources) designed to support you with using and valuing te reo in your everyday mahi.

The UC Te Reo Māori Style Guide, available as both a downloadable and printable PDF and an easy to use webpage, is now available on the UC Style Guide website. The Reo Māori Style has been developed by the UC Ohu Reo and is a helpful handbook for UC staff on how to ensure the use of te reo Māori across all our UC publications, social media and marketing is accurate and consistent.  Look out for the tohu (icon) that symbolises te reo Māori which has a waha (mouth) and ārero (tongue).

The second rauemi reo, available on Te Waka Pākākano | Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori AKO | LEARN site, is a Karakia booklet.  The Karakia booklet includes a selection of karakia for kaimahi (staff) of UC to support them with beginning and closing hui, and to indicate appreciation for kai (food).  Useful sound files to help you with pronunciation are also included and you can also print or save a copy as a downloadable PDF.

Nā reira, e ngā manu kōrihi, e ngā manu korokī o tō tātou whare wānanga nei!
Kia hāro tō tātou reo Māori anō nei he kāhu ki runga i ngā mānia o Waitaha!
Tēnā, tukua kia rere ki te ao!