8 July 2014
Te reo celebrated on campus
Can you kōrero Māori? If not, July is the month to start as the nation celebrates Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori – Māori
Language Week. As part of the celebrations, the University of Waikato is showing full support by running a number of
activities for staff, students and the wider community.
The university’s Pro Vice-Chancellor Māori, Professor Linda Smith, says Māori Language Week is an opportunity for staff
and students, from beginners to fluent speakers, to embrace and use the language.
“The university has a strong history in language revitalisation, and teaching and research excellence in the te reo
Māori space. We are continually making sure that we are providing a culturally rich and diverse experience for all staff
and students, and Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori provides us with the avenue to do that.”
On the Monday and Friday of Māori Language Week, the university will be hosting free te reo workshops which are open to
the public. On the Wednesday, a public seminar will take place at the university’s Te Kohinga Mārama Marae, featuring Dr
Jillian Tipene and Dr Roger Lewis.
Dr Tipene (of Te Rarawa and Ngāti Kahu descent) will be speaking on Te Tuhirau i Rehu i Ringa: He Titiro ki te Whakamāoritanga o Ngā Tuhinga Tawhito (Translating Sacred and Sensitive
Texts: An Indigenous Perspective). Dr Lewis’ topic will cover language revitalisation from an in-depth perspective.
Coffee cards will be distributed amongst staff and students encouraging them to order their coffee in te reo Māori, and
a staff Dress Your Space competition will run during the week encouraging staff to label their reception areas, tea rooms and hallways with kupu
The te reo workshops will take place 12pm to 1pm Monday (21 July) and 1pm to 2pm Friday (25 July) in A1.01, University
of Waikato, Gate 8, Hillcrest Road. The public seminar will take place on Wednesday (23 July), starting with a pōwhiri
at 10am, at the university’s Te Kohinga Mārama Marae, Gate 4, Hillcrest Road. For more information on these events visit events.waikato.ac.nz