Te reo is being celebrated this week in New Zealand.
The theme for this year is Kia ora te reo Māori which means, “Let the Māori Language live”.
Maori Language Week is about raising awareness about te reo in New Zealand and promoting the language.
According to Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori – the Māori Language Commission 130,000 people have conversational fluency, 300,000 are learning at school and 10,000 are learning in tertiary education.
This Thursday, September 14, marks the day in 1972 that the Māori Language Petition was delivered to Parliament. The petition, initiated by activist group Nga Tamatoa, contained more than 30,000 signatures, and paved the way for Māori language to be taught in schools.
For more information about the week visit: www.tetaurawhiri.govt.nz/events-and-promotions/maori-language-week.