Māori Language Week at the University of Auckland 13-19 September 2021

The University of Auckland | Waipapa Taumata Rau celebrates Māori Language Week 2021

Kia ora koutou

Kōtuia tahitia ai te reo Māori me te ahu whakamua o Waipapa Taumata Rau.

This line, which you are likely to see repeatedly during this coming week in Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week)  reflects the aspirations of this University to integrate te reo Māori across all aspects of the University of Auckland Waipapa Taumata Rau.

We recognise te reo Māori as a taonga to be cherished, and one that sits at the heart of our relationship with tangata whenua and our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi as highlighted in our strategic plan Taumata Teitei.

Our activities during this coming week are part of honouring our promise to support the revitalisation of te reo Māori, outlined in the Language Plan for the Revitalisation of te Reo Māori: Te taonga nō tua whakarere, he taonga mo āpōpō: A treasure from ancient times, and for tomorrow.

Congratulations to everyone who has and will continue to participate in the University’s te reo Māori journey – sometimes a challenging exercise but one I encourage you to embrace. A personal thank you to the staff who are supporting me as work to improve my own grasp of te reo.

I have shared my introduction as part of the Pepeha Project (see related links) and look forward to seeing this resource grow as more staff and students add their voices to it.

The Marketing team has developed a partnership with TVNZ for the week - sponsoring local production Shortland Street with a storyline that reflects how Māori culture is treated by NZ healthcare providers. The University brand will be prominent around this.

Kia kaha ki tō tātou reo Māori
Mauri ora!

Professor Dawn Freshwater


What is happening in our faculties and service divisions:

Rec Centre:

Libraries and Learning Services:

Service Excellence:

  • Watch a short video/keynotes from the 2020 Service Essentials walking tour which had a Māori theme.
  • Watch the Service Principles Te Reo Māori pronunciation video with Michael
  • A special te reo Māori magnet kit for the visual management boards within the University will be produced.

Student Accommodation:

  • The Accommodation team is hosting a new activity every day for students via Zoom ranging from art competitions, quiz nights, sharing recipes, tutorial on Poi making and more.

Faculty of Science:

  • The Kaiārahi for the Faculty of Science have aligned their te reo kaupapa to Mahuru Māori for 2021. They are expanding Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori and aligning it with the Maramataka month of Mahuru - mai i te Whiro ki te Mutuwhenua o te Wha o Mahuru.