Māori Language Week kicked off with a parade through the middle of Wellington.
The parade of sixteen floats and thousands of participants wound its way through the CBD from the train station to Te Papa around lunch-time.
Actor Julian Dennison from Hunt for the Wilderpeople and All Black Nehe Milner-Skudder were among those who joined in to promote the use of Māori language. Around 8000 people enjoyed the parade.
The theme for this year is ākina te reo – behind you all the way – which is about using te reo Māori to support people, to inspire and to cheer on.
Māori Language Week is a chance for people to try learning and using the language.