Te Wiki o te Reo Māori - Māori Language Week

Waitaki District Libraries are very happy to present a Māori Language Week programme of special events offering a multitude of fun opportunities to engage with te reo for this special week and beyond. We are very pleased to be hosting our activities back in the Ōamaru Public Library. Ka rawe!  Excellent!

Check out the full timetable below!

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Rāhina / Monday 12th

Wero – Challenge for the week.

A wall of kupu  or  words in te reo is downloadable HERE and will also be on display in the library. Fill in a sheet with up to five words you would like to learn and use.  Up the challenge by learning a new group of words each day.  On display in the library all week. 

Below is a voice recording to practice your pronunciation!

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Rātū / Tuesday 13th

Mātakitaki – Watch St Joseph’s School kapa haka group perform in the library. 11am

Tākaro – Play a game of wharewhare (housie) in the library learning some new words in te reo.  (Lollies may be involved!!) 12.30pm



Rāapa / Wednesday 14th


Ako – Learn

In collaboration with Te Rūnanga o Moeraki we are fortunate to be hosting Victoria Campbell (Kāi Tahu) once more, our Matariki “guru” from a few months ago, in a special evening presentation for Māori Language Week. 

In her kōrero, He Reo Tuku Iho, Tori will share her personal language story which includes over 20 years of teaching and learning te reo, including working for Kotahi Mano Kāika – the Ngāi Tahu Language Strategy.  This will be a fun, interactive session with some great take-home tips for language acquisition and enjoyment. 6pm



Thursday 15th

Tākaro – Play a game of Ngā Whānau Harikoa (Happy Families) in the library.  You will make a set of cards at this session to take home to play with friends and whānau.  11.30am. Access the cards here.

If you'd like to play the game from home, here are instructions on how to use your Ngā Whānau Harikoa (Happy Families) cards. Below is a voice recording to practice your pronunciation!



Mātakitaki - Watch Te Pākihi o Maru School kapa haka group perform in the library. 1pm



Friday 16th

Tākaro – Play easy te reo based games in the library.  All level speakers are welcome from absolute beginners to beyond.  2pm




Rāapa Wednesday 14th: Whakarongo Waiata - listen and sign in the library at 11am. Sing along with the library staff running through their repertoire of waiata.

Here is our lyric sheet for our waiata sessions and performances! Download it and come along to our session to join in. Below are some examples of Waitaki District Libraries staff singing waiata, with lyrics to help you learn.





Other Resources

Keep an eye out for our whakatauki o te ra or phrases of the day - which will change every day during the week of te reo celebrations!

Have a look at this New Zealand History article: Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori - Māori Language Week

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