Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2019 and Māori Language Day saw Te Reo Māori celebrated across Aotearoa in homes, schools and tertiary institutions. As Mahuru Māori continues throughout September, this month provides us with an opportunity to consider ways we can incorporate te reo into our working and everyday lives beyond the month of September.

Celebrated since 1975, Māori Language Day commemorates the presentation of the 1972 Māori language petition to parliament, with Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori providing an opportunity to promote, celebrate and encourage te reo Māori within whānau, communities, at mahi and in our everyday lives.

The theme of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2019 was ‘Kia aha te reo Māori - Let’s make the Māori language strong'.

It is important as kaiako, tertiary education kaimahi and as TEU Te Hautū Kahurangi members with a commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, to Te Koeke Tiriti, and to our kaimahi Māori, tauira and taitamariki that we promote the use and highlight the importance of te reo Māori to tāngata whenua and all who are living in Aotearoa.

It is also important that our efforts extend beyond Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori. Mahuru Māori is an initiative that began in 2014 to promote the use of te reo Māori throughout the month of September, but we in the tertiary education sector must continue to seek-out opportunities to encourage the revitalisation of te reo and tikanga Māori beyond September and on an ongoing basis.

By promoting and encouraging te reo Māori, we acknowledge the vital role the language and customs play in creating a thriving tertiary education sector which values the knowledge, expertise and epistemologies of kaimahi Māori, Kaupapa Māori and Mātauranga Māori programmes in our institutions.

Through encouraging te reo Māori, we acknowledge the importance of te reo, tikanga, Kaupapa Māori and Mātauranga Māori in upholding Te Tiriti o Waitangi, promoting equity and enhancing education outcomes for tauira Māori, whānau, communities and for all who live, mahi and study in Aotearoa.

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