Pānui Pāpāho News Release
6 Mahuru 2018 6 September 2018
06 September 2018
The Department of Conservation and the Māori Language Commission collaborate for Māori Language Week
The Māori Language Commission and the Department of Conservation have come together to produce a beautiful new learning
resource ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Taiao’ in celebration of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2018.
This is the first partnership of its kind between the two Crown agencies, who made the decision to collaborate when an
overlap in their two flagship campaigns was identified.
Included in the booklet is information about pronunciation, everyday phrases and species names in te reo Māori. It also
covers astronomy, freshwater, marine, flora, fauna, and outdoor safety.
DOC’s Strategic Partnerships Director, Joe Harawira, says working together makes sense when you look at what is at the
heart of both campaigns.
“Te reo Māori is the foundation of Te Ao Māori, and the Department of Conservation recognises the notion of
kaitiakitanga as crucial to the giving of voice to nature and to the natural world: te ao tūroa. “
“The vulnerability of both te reo Māori and the voices of the environment draws an important parallel to our commitment
to work together on this.”
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori runs from 10-16 September this year, with the theme ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’.
Māori Language Commission Chief Executive, Ngahiwi Apanui, says “‘Kia Kaha’ is well known in New Zealand English with
its correct Māori meaning of ‘be strong’.
“We often talk about languages as if they are people – talking about language health, strength, and revitalisation. So
when we say ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ we’re saying - ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong”.
Conservation Week takes place 15-23 September, and has four themes: Flora, Fauna, Marine and Freshwater, which are the
four main themes of the ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Taiao’ learning resource.
You can get your free ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Taiao’ booklet at any one of the parades being run during Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori,
or you can pop into your local DOC visitor centre or download one from the DOC website.
06 Mahuru 2018
Te mahi tahi a Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, a Te Papa Atawhai mō Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
E hui tahi ana a Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori me Te Papa Atawhai ki te whakaputa i tētahi rauemi ako hou, tino
whakahirahira nei ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Taiao’, hei whakanui i Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2018.
He tuatahitanga tēnei i waenga i ēnei tari Karauna e rua, i whakatau rātou kia pēnei ai te mahi tahi nō te kitenga e
hāngai ana ā rāua tino kaupapa whakanui e rua.
Kei roto i tēnei pukapuka ko ngā kōrero mō te whakahuatanga, mō ngā kīanga o ia rā otirā ngā ingoa o ngā momo. Tae atu
anō ki te tātai arorangi Māori, te wai māori, te ao o Tangaroa, te wao nui a Tāne, te Tini a Tāne me te Tikanga Hauora
E kī ana te Kaiwhakahaere Rangapū Rautaki a DOC a Joe Harawira, he tika hoki te mahi tahi ina titiro te tangata ki te
ngako o ngā kaupapa e rua.
“Ko te reo Māori te mauri o te Ao Māori, ā, e mihi tonu ana a Te Papa Atawhai ki te whakaaro tuku iho he mea nui te
kaitiakitanga, hei reo mō te taiao, waihoki, mō te ao tūroa.
“Ko te noho mōrearea o te reo Māori me ngā reo o te taiao he mea paihere anō i a tātou, i tō tātou kaingākau kia ngākau
tahi ā tāua mahi."
Mai i te 10-16 Mahuru Te Wiki o te Reo Māori i tēnei tau me tōna pepeh~a ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori‘.
E kī ana te Tumuaki o Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, ā Ngahiwi Apanui “e mōhio pai ana a Aotearoa whānui ki te kōrero
‘Kia Kaha’, me tōna tikanga Māori tika, he mea whakahau i te tangata ‘kia māia, kia tū pakari’.
“He wā anō ka kōrero tātou mō te reo anō nei he tangata - ka kōrerohia te hauora, te kaha me te whakarauoratanga o te
reo. Nō reira e whakatenatena ana te pepeha nei ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ i a tātou katoa ‘kia whakapakari ake i te reo
Ka tū Te Wiki Atawhai Taiao mai i te 15 ki te 23 o Mahuru, ā , e whā ōna kaupapa: ko ngā kaupapa o te rauemi ako ‘Kia
Kaha te Reo Māori’ ko Te Wao nui a Tāne; Te Tini a Tāne; Te Ao a Tangaroa me Te Wai Māori.
Kāore he utu o te puka ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ tīkina atu i tētahi o ngā hīkoi whakanui e haere ana i Te Wiki o te Reo
Māori, haere rānei ki te pokapū manuhiri o DOC e tata ana ki a koe, tīkina ake rānei i te paetukutuku o DOC.