Kia ora! This week is Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori and the theme is Whāngaia te Reo – Nurture the Language. Te Reo Māori is a living taonga (treasure) and – like the physical objects in Te Papa’s collections – a taonga which needs kaitiakitanga (guardianship) to survive.
At Te Papa we want to help Aotearoa New Zealand whāngaia te Reo. As part of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori Te Papa hosted the State of Te Reo Māori Address by Professor Timoti Karetu to inspire debate and thinking about Māori language. In Ngā Toi │Arts Te Papa we had Te Puni Wahine, three uri (descendants) of Ngāti Toa Rangatira speaking in te reo about their female ancestors. The art of Shona Rapira-Davies and Emily Karaka was the perfect backdrop for this amazing event. We also held a Māori Pronunciation for Beginners workshop to help Wellingtonians start their Māori language journey. We’re looking forward to using te Reo more often in our mahi (work) – throughout the year, not just during Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori.
Five minute quiz – how much te Reo do you know?
To celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori we’ve brought back our five minute quiz. How much te Reo Māori do you know?
Click the start button and give it a go…