School Libraries love Te Reo Māori!

Created by SLANZA Otago

Kia ora koutou

As many of you will know, Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) is from Monday 4th July - Sunday 10th July this year - the last week of term. The kaupapa for 2016 is ākina to reo – behind you all the way which is about using te reo Māori to support and inspire people through using positive phrases. Last year there were 50 phrases (roughly one a week) aimed at whānau with young children. This year the 50 phrases will be sports related and aimed at communities supporting their athletes (it is the Olympics after all) and there will be some great phrases we can use with our students. You can sign up to get an email sent to you with a phrase and how to pronounce it.

Underneath the official poster for 2016 below, you'll find links, ideas and helpful information for you to use in your school's library.

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou - arohatia te reo!

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To get started:

  • The Māori Language Commission has resources you can print out at :

  • Check out the rest of their resources and suggestions for material, support and learning - there’s heaps listed here:

Other things you can do in your library to support te Reo Māori :

  • Signage : Te Rōpū Whakahau has an electronic copy of the excellent publication He Puna Taunaki - te reo Māori in Libraries

  • Add macrons to your bibliographic records: really easy if you’ve got a replace feature and you can do this en masse. Start with the word Māori! Here’s a link to macrons in either HTML or OSX.

It’s nice to welcome students in te reo, so here is something to practice and try when a class comes in to the library:

Kia ora koutou (Hi everyone)

Nau mai haere mai ki te whare pukapuka (welcome to the library)

Ko (your name) toku ingoa. (My name is _____________)

Ko ahau te kaitiaki pukapuka o tenei whare. (I am the librarian here.)

Nō reira, ka tuku te mihi ki a koutou. (So a big welcome to you all.)

If this seems scary, just remember a big smile and a simple Kia ora koutou is a lovely welcome for our tauira (students). Arohatia te reo - Love the language!!