Waipapa Marae entrance

Te Wiki o te reo Māori 2023

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 11-17 Mahuru | September

On 14 September 1972, Ngā Tamatoa and other Māori protest groups presented a 30,000-plus signature petition, the Māori Language 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 Kia Kaha Te Reo Māori – making the language stronger – will continue this year, picking up from where it left off in 2022. The campaign is an essential piece of the puzzle to achieving the goal of 1 million speakers of te reo Māori in 2040.

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

Te Tumu Herenga can Haka

To commemorate the occasion of the Māori Language Petition, between 12-1pm on 14 September 2023, Aotearoa New Zealand is encouraged to celebrate a Māori Language Moment as a nation, in groups or as individuals.

Te Tumu Herenga can Haka, Te Tumu Herenga | Libraries and Learning Services staff kapa haka group, will be offering a public performance of five waiata on the Ground Floor of the General Library, just in front of the stairs that lead to Levels 1 and M as our reo moment, and we invite you to share in the performance as audience members. This can be your reo moment, too.

Date: Rāpare | Thursday 14 Mahuru | September
Time: 12pm for a 12.05pm start
Venue: Ground Floor, General Library

Te Kohinga o Tūtahi Tonu  

Ngā kōrero e pā ana ki te whakarauoratanga i te reo Māori me te mātauranga Māori mai i te 1970 ki te 2000.

Te Kohinga o Tūtahi Tonu is an important collection of material relating to Māori language revitalisation and Māori education from 1970-2000. It encompasses books, research reports and papers and classroom resources, such as readers and audio-visual recordings.

  • Search the Catalogue to find all items or view more than 200 of them online through the collections tab (log-in required).

TV and Radio playlist

Māori Television’s Whare Taonga showcases significant buildings that are the vessels for our stories, our histories, and our futures. Included in the playlist is an episode on the history of the University’s own Waipapa Marae and the struggle for a Māori presence in an academic environment. The fight spanned decades and ended in a student occupation which finally enabled carver Paki Harrison to create a peaceful space for all students for generations to come at the University of Auckland Waipapa Taumata Rau.

Watch Whare Taonga and more.

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.

Ayesha Green (Kai Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu (Heretaunga)) is an artist based in Tāmaki Makaurau. One of the University Art Collection’s most recent acquisitions, a large-scale painting from Green’s To The Best of My Knowledge series, was recently installed in the General Library foyer. The work explores the theme of early education for Māori girls and depicts a long line of young women sitting at ‘the table’ which is scattered with pens and pencils. Check it out in-person now!

Business School’s Māori Film Festival

Step into a world of captivating stories that celebrate Māori language and culture at the Business School’s Māori Film Festival!


Date: Rāpare | Thursday 14 Mahuru | September 2023
Time: 6pm
Venue: Caseroom 3, 260-055 Sir Owen G Glenn Building

Police Sergeant Tawharau is forced to choose between his job and his people when the government pulls off an armed raid in his Ruatoki community.

Taika Waititi double feature: Boy and Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Date: Rāmere | Friday 15  Mahuru | September 2023
Time: 6pm/7.30pm
Venue: Caseroom 3, 260-055 Sir Owen G Glenn Building

In Boy, a New Zealand youth (James Rolleston) finds that his father (Taika Waititi) is a far cry from the heroic adventurer he’s imagined the man to be.

In Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Ricky Baker runs away to the wild when his foster mother dies. However, his cantankerous uncle Hector joins him and gets to know him better on their way out of the wild.

Book your free spot.

Revitalising te reo Māori

Kōtuia tahitia ai te reo Māori me te ahu whakamua o Waipapa Taumata Rau | Te Reo Māori is woven into our journey at the University of Auckland.

The University recognises that it has a role to play in preserving and protecting te reo Māori, and is committed to doing so in partnership with iwi Māori and the community.

Explore the University Language Plan for the revitalisation of te reo Māori and discover new opportunities for learning and using te reo Māori, including the University’s te reo and tikanga Māori Digital learning app Te Kūaha – The Doorway, and our kuputaka; a glossary of Māori terms for use at the University.


1 Rawinia Higgins and Basil Keane, ‘Te reo Māori – the Māori language – Language decline, 1900 to 1970s‘, Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand.