Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

Detail: Tukutuku panel. Te Herenga Mātauranga Whānui | General Library, Level G.

Detail: Tukutuku panel. Te Herenga Mātauranga Whānui – General Library, Level G.

He mihi tēnei ki a koutou katoa i runga i te wiki o te reo Māori. Haere mai ki Te Tumu Herenga ki te whakanui i tō tātou reo rangatira. Nō reira, kia kaha te reo Māori.
Nau mai, haere mai, whakatau mai rā.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 9-15 Mahuru

In 1972, Ngā Tamatoa and other Māori protest groups presented a 30,000-plus signature petition to Parliament seeking to have te reo Māori taught in schools. Māori Language Day was established that same year and, in 1975, became Māori Language Week. It has been held annually ever since.1

The theme of this year’s Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, set by the Māori Language Commission, is Kia Kaha Te Reo Māori – Let’s make the Māori language strong.

To support that kaupapa, you are invited to check out these events, displays and resources, which represent just a tiny fraction of te reo Māori material in Te Tumu Herenga.

Te Tumu Herenga can Haka

Whanautanga mai, i ngā tīkanga Māori, i rō te hunga waiata ki te whakanui i te Wānanga o Akarana –  Let’s gather here as a whānau to add value to our chiefly language and traditions through Waiata to uplift the culture of the University of Auckland.

  • Watch the Kapa Haka whānau o Te Tumu Herenga perform a short selection of waiata.
    Monday 9 September and Friday 13 September at 12noon, General Library foyer.

Listening post

Listen to two songs composed by Hirini Melbourne from the 1985 recording Ruatoki Children Sing Songs by Syd Melbourne. Melbourne, who joined Ngā Tamatoa while studying at the University of Auckland, is acknowledged for his contribution to the revival and revitalisation of te reo Māori, and of music using traditional instruments.

You can hear the recordings and watch accompanying images at the Archive of Māori and Pacific Sound Listening Post, Monday 9 September-Friday 13 September, 9am-4.45pm, Special Collections foyer, Level G, General Library.

They are also playing on the plasma screen in Te Wānanga o Waipapa – Māori Studies, Level 1 foyer, Building 253.

Special Collections display

  • Visit the Special Collections display of concert ephemera, sheet music and recordings relating to Fanny Rose Howie, a popular early 20th century singer who performed internationally under the name Te Rangi Pai. Her lullaby Hine e Hine has been performed and recorded many times since.
    Monday 9 September-Monday 23 September, Special Collections foyer, Level G, General Library.

TV and Radio playlist

  • Watch an episode of Waka Huia exploring the development of the pioneering Māori news show Te Karere. This leads this TV and Radio playlist of programmes that teach, discuss or celebrate various aspects of te reo. Compiled by Media Services.

Art Collection

Artist Lisa Reihana  (Ngāpuhi, Ngati Hine, Ngāi Tu) uses the potential of digital technology to reimagine and re-present her heritage. She draws on the language of photography and moving image to create connections between customary and contemporary.

For Dr. Fiona Pardington (Ngāi Tahu, Kati Mamoe and Ngāti Kahungunu), photography is also her visual language of choice, and, in a similar way to Reihana, uses the camera as a tool to explore Māori heritage. Pardington works in the tradition of the still-life format, documenting taonga from museum collections around the world.


All place names on the maps Te Ika a Maui the land and the people circa 1840 and Te Wai pounamu are in te reo Māori. As well as available online, they can be viewed in the Map Room, Level M, General Library. The illustrations are by Cliff Whiting. Published in 1995 by the Department of Survey and Land Information, the maps are based on drafts prepared for a 1941 Centennial Atlas which was not completed. Experts involved in the initial project included Sir Apirana Ngata.2

Cultural Collections and Māori Academic Engagement, Te Tumu Herenga – Libraries and Learning Services


1 Rawinia Higgins and Basil Keane, ‘Te reo Māori – the Māori language – Language decline, 1900 to 1970s’, Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved from www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/te-reo-maori-the-maori-language/page-4

2 New Zealand. Department of Survey and Land Information., Whiting, C., & New Zealand Geographic Board. (1995). Te Ika a Māui the land and the people, circa 1840. Wellington, N.Z. : Dept. of Survey and Land Information for the New Zealand Geographic Board.

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