Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week

Since 1975 New Zealand has celebrated Māori Language Week and each year it has become more and more of a major fixture with many events held over the week.  The week which runs from Monday 9th – Sunday 15th September provides a chance to promote positive experiences and to gain a new awareness of the Māori language, and for those that speak the language an opportunity to use it and share it with others.  The theme chosen for 2019 is again ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’.  ‘Kia Kaha’ is often used and understood by many in New Zealand as meaning ‘be strong’.  So ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ means  – ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong’.

Kōhunga Kōrero at Arapaki Manners – Māori language storytime

Come along to our new city library branch ‘Arapaki Manners’ for storytime in te reo Māori and get ready for the start of Māori Language Week.  It’s exciting to again be able to offer a children’s storytime in the CBD and there will be lots of waiata and stories.



What: Kōhunga Kōrero – Māori Language Storytime
When: Saturday 7th September 10:00 – 10:30 am
Where: Arapaki Manners Library, 12 Manners Street
Who: A whānau event suitable for pre-schoolers and primary aged children



Māori Language Pre-school Storytimes and Baby Rock & Rhyme

We are also going to run some of our regular preschool storytimes and  Baby Rock & Rhyme in te reo Māori during Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.  These are enjoyable no matter what level of te reo Māori you have.   The free, weekly interactive sessions are a great opportunity to have fun, socialise and spend quality ‘one-on-one’ time with your child and have fun with te reo Māori.  It doesn’t matter if you don’t speak Māori as the presenters make it fun for everyone. Pre-school storytimes are fun and free – there’s no charge, and you don’t have to book.  

What: Kōhunga Kōrero – Māori Language Storytime
When: Monday 9th September 10:30 – 11:00 am
Where: Karori Library, 247 Karori Road
Who: A whānau event suitable for pre-schoolers

What: Baby Rock n Rhyme  in te reo Māori
When: Tuesday 10th 9:30 – 10:00 am
Where: Island Bay Library, 167 The Parade
Who: for parents and carers to interact with their babies through rhymes, finger-plays, and stories

What: Preschool Storytime – in te reo Māori
When: Wednesday 10th 10:30 – 11:00 am
Where: Kilbirnie Library, 101 Kilbirnie Cres
Who:  A whānau event suitable for pre-schoolers 

After Māori Language Week

Once Māori Language Week is over you can still attend Māori language storytimes.  Monthly storytimes in te reo Māori are available at Miramar, Newtown, Johnsonville and Karori libraries. Open to anyone, these free thirty-minute sessions feature stories, rhymes, and waiata in te reo Māori, and are perfect for 2-6 year olds and their caregivers

Kōhunga Kōrero: Pakiwaitara i roto i te reo Māori. E 30 meneti pakiwaitara, rotarota, waiata hoki i roto i te reo Māori mō ngā kōhungahunga me ō rātou mātua kaitiaki.

1st Tuesday of each month at 10.30am
Omāroro (Newtown) Library
13 Constable Street, Newtown

2nd Monday of each month at 10.30am
Te Māhanga (Karori) Library
247 Karori Road, Karori

3rd Tuesday of each month at 10.30am
Waitohi (Johnsonville) Library
5 Broderick Road, Johnsonville

4th Tuesday of each month at 2 pm
Motukairangi (Miramar) Library
68 Miramar Avenue, Miramar

Check out the Library event calendar for specific dates.