Maori Language Week 2014

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This week, from the 22nd July to the 26th July, is Maori Māori Language Week (MLW).
It has been a feature of the New Zealand calendar since 1975 and it is an opportunity for all New Zealanders to celebrate Te Reo Māori.
Te Reo Māori is celebrated as a unique feature of our identity as New Zealanders, something that brings us together and celebrates our heritage.
This year’s theme – Te Kupa o te Wiki: The Word of the Week – forms part of a wider notion ‘Arohatia te Reo – cherish the language’, aiming to get people to demonstrate their love and regard for the language.
In MLW 2014, all New Zealanders will have the chance to improve their pronunciation and te reo Māori skills.
We will be running regular articles this week about Māori language and some cool links and activities you could try.
Anyway, here is a cool introduction from students at Russell Street School.
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  1. I think Maori Language Week is a very good time to learn Maori.(I am not good at it though)Right now it feels like the Maori Language is dying out because you do not see many Maoris. But with doing Maori Language Week each year it will help Maoris not fade away.I love how Maoris put face paint on their faces it makes them look very tradtional.Also the feather cloaks look very cool to make.I want to learn how to weave flax to make things like baskets and things which will come in handy anywhere and anytime.

  2. Yay!!!! I love maori language week because I get to learn my culture a bit more better! And I just get better and better

  3. Wow, what a cool video! I wonder where you got it from! Wait a minute, it belongs to us!!!!! Didn’t the boys do a great job in putting it together!
    Happy Maori Langauge week!

  4. Maori is cool. I think it is hard though. We are trying to say the longest place name. It is changeling. Do any of you get your name said wrong every day? This week you should make sure people get it right.
    🙂 😉

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