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Be part of the Māori Language Moment

This is the email I received during Te Wiki o te Reo Māori ("Māori Language week") in 2020 and, seeing as we're halfway to this years on 13-19 September, I thought what better time to to pop this out.

Kōrero Māori book cover

Ngā mihi ki a koe! Thank you once again for signing up to be part of the Māori Language Moment. Now that you’re on board, here are some ideas to get you inspired based on what you’ve told us you’ll do.

I will kōrero/speak

  • Make ‘kia ora’ your first choice of greeting to everyone you speak to
  • Prepare your whānau, friends or workplace to speak te reo Māori for the hour
  • Open your news bulletin with te reo Māori
  • Host a ‘Kōrero Kai’ for lunch where you only speak in te reo Māori
  • Start lunch off with a karakia for kai
  • Order your coffee in te reo Māori
  • Set a ‘reo Māori only’ zone within your workplace or home

I will whakarongo/listen

  • Listen to te reo Māori only for the day
  • Play our ‘Te Wiki o te Reo Māori’ playlist in your business or workplace for everyone to hear!
  • Listen to a podcast and sharpen up your reo, type ‘Taringa’ or ‘Ako’ into your podcast app.
  • Turn on the radio or go online and tune into your local iwi radio station
  • Tune in to Māori Television
  • Listen to Hinewehi Mohi sing our national anthem in te reo Māori at the 1999 Rugby World Cup in England.

You can check out the full list of ideas to get you started on our huatau/ideas page.

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