Māori Language Week runs from Monday 1 July through to Sunday 7 July. The theme of Māori language week this year is ‘Ngā ingoa Māori – Māori names’.
Before noting what new things Manatū Taonga – Ministry for Culture and Heritage is doing this week to celebrate this year’s theme, I’d like to showcase three stories that Te Ara has just released in Māori as well. Traditional Māori religion – ngā karakia a te Māori; Māori prophetic movements – ngā poropiti; and Rātana Church – Te Haahi Rātana.
Two other featured entries this week have also been specially selected for Māori Language Week to fit in with the theme of Māori names. One, Tapa whenua – naming places, talks about the way that many Māori place names originated. Also featured is Matariki – Māori New Year, which has been visited heavily and explains the meaning of Matariki.
We have had other launches based around this year’s theme: on Monday, reflecting peoples’ names, Manatū Taonga launched six new Quick Read eBooks featuring biographies of significant Māori leaders from the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (DNZB). Each eBook is published bilingually in Māori and English. Also still available for download is an eBook of all the DNZB biographies in Māori, collectively known as Ngā Tāngata Taumata Rau.
Our talented designers have also created some computer wallpapers – one for every day of the week. Each wallpaper has a whakataukī or proverb about a particular Māori deity. The first wallpaper, launched on Monday, was about belonging: ‘E hoki ki ō maunga kia purea koe e ngā hau a Tāwhirimātea – Return to your ancestral mountains so that you may be cleansed by the winds of Tāwhirimātea.’
At the end of the week, on Friday, we’ll be launching a list of 1,000 Māori place names and their meanings.
Ko te reo te mauri o te mana Māori
Ka tīmata Te Wiki o te Reo Māori i te Rāhina, 1 o Hōngongoi, ā, ka mutu a te Rātapu, te 7 o Hōngongoi. Ko te kaupapa o te wiki o te reo i tēnei tau ko ‘Ngā ingoa Māori’.
Kei te whakanui a Te Ara i ētahi kōrero mō te wiki nei. E toru ngā kōrero katahi anō ka whakamāoritia: Ko Te Haahi Rātana, ko Ngā poropiti, ko Ngā karakia a te Māori anō hoki. Ko Tapa whenua tētahi e pā ana ki te pūtake o ētahi ingoa wāhi. Ko tētahi anō ko Matariki, kua maha ngā manuhiri ki taua whārangi i tēnei tau.
Me tiro anō te kaupapa o te wiki: i te Rāhina kua pahure ake nei ka whakarewangia ngā ī-puka e ono nō Ngā Tāngata Taumata Rau. Kei ngā reo e rua ngā pukapuka nei. Waihoki, tērā te ī-puka kei roto ngā haurongo katoa i roto i te reo Māori. Ko Ngā Tāngata Taumata Rau.
Ia rā, ia rā kei te whakanuia tētahi whakaahua. Kei tēnā whakaahua, kei tēnā whakaahua tētahi whakataukī e pā ana ki tētahi atua. Ko te whakaahua tuatahi, e pēnei nei, ‘E hoki ki ō maunga kia purea koe e ngā hau a Tāwhirimātea’.
Hei te Paraire, ka whakarewangia te kaupapa 1,000 ingoa wāhi. Ka whakamārama ake i te tikanga o tēnā wāhi, o tēnā wāhi.
Ka whakaaturia i ngā mahi a Te Manatū Taonga i te wiki nei, engari, i te tuatahi me tautoko i tētahi kaupapa o mātou. I ngā wā katoa, kei te tirohia te kaupapa wiki o te reo Māori i runga i NZHistory.