Celebrated since 1975 each year is becoming a major fixture on the national calendar providing an opportunity for concentrated promotion, raising awareness and generating as much interest and positive change for Aotearoa as those who speak and think in te Reo Māori.
Māori Language Day is September 14 and commemorates the presentation of the 1972 Māori language petition to parliament.
'Whāia te ara poutama o te reo ka tohatoha ai'
The chosen theme for 2019 is again 'Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’.
‘Kia Kaha’ is well understood in New Zealand English with its meaning of ‘be strong’. We often talk about languages as if they are people – talking about wellbeing, language health, strength and revitalisation. So when we say ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ we’re saying - ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong'.e Wiki o te Reo Māori