This week marks Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, 51 years on from when the Māori Language Petition was presented to Parliament on 14 September 1972. As well as reflecting on our personal journeys with te reo Māori, this week is also a great chance to reflect on the journey of te reo Māori in Parliament. The petition played a significant role in the journey to revitalise te reo Māori by calling for government recognition of the language as a taonga in Aotearoa New Zealand.Parliament, New Zealand
As a foreigner in a far away land and coming from a country as culturally diverse as Mexico, making an effort to get involved with the indigenous culture of New Zealand has been an important part of my process assimilating here. I’m really lucky to be in a place that allows for us to get involved in learning Te Reo Māori (Māori language) and culture through Waiata (Māori song) classes.
At Te Papa, the National Museum of New Zealand, the kaimahi (workers) performed four Waiata for the manuhiri (visitors). Here are some of the pictures to commemorate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori this year 2023.
Ka nui te mihi | Muchas gracias
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