This week New Zealand is celebrating Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week).
This Māori Language Week is extra special as 14 September marks the 50th anniversary of the Māori Language Petition, which asked for active recognition of te reo Māori in Aotearoa.
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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.
Māori Language is on the rise in New Zealand.
In 1972 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.