Description; Maori language week was created in 1975 due to the fact that the language was dying and that they wanted to raise some kind of awareness for it, it has now gone on for nearly 45 years, and the growth in the amount of people who know Maori has increased because of Maori language week.
2017’s Theme is Kia ora te reo “Let the language live”
Blurb:This year's Maori language week theme is Kia Ora te reo, this was chosen to represent the indigenous greeting of our country.
The theme for 2016 was Akina te reo(Behind you all the way)
For 2016 the theme was Akina te reo. They chose this theme for 2016 because they wanted people to know that they support, encourage and cheer on the learning of te reo.
The theme for 2015 was Whangaihia te reo kinga matua(Nurture the language)
For 2015, the theme was ‘Whangaihia te reo Kinga Matua.’ They selected this theme as they wanted people to care and support the language.
The theme for 2014 was Te kupu o te wiki(The word of the week)
The theme for 2014 was ‘Te kupu o te wiki.’ They chose this theme because they wanted to learn a maori word every week for the year, which would increase their maori language knowledge
The theme for 2013 was Nga ingoa Maori(Maori Names)
They chose ‘Nga Ingoa Maori’ as the theme for 2013 as there weren’t many people left who had pure maori names. They wanted more maori parents to try make their kids name resemble their culture.
The theme for 2012 was Arohatia te reo(Cherish the language)
They set the theme for 2012 to be ‘Arohatia te reo’ due to the fact that they wanted people to be proud of their maori heritage.
The theme for 2011 was Manaakitanga(Blessing)
They set the theme of ‘Manaakitanga’ for 2011’s Maori language week because they thought that being maori or maori was a blessing.
The theme for 2010 was Te Mahi Kai( The language of food)
They chose this to be the theme for 2010 because they thought that maori food was becoming very unpopular so they thought that this might get more people to eat maori food.
The theme 2009 Te reo i te Hapori(Maori language in the community)
They chose ‘Te reo i te Hapori’ to be the theme for 2009 because was very important to spread awareness about the dying maori language around all the different communities in New Zealand