Maori Language Week

8-14 Sept: It's Māori language week!

What a great reminder that we live in a country with three official languages; Māori, English and NZ sign language. It also provides a reminder to consider how our programmes and our conversations reflect this diversity. Here are just a couple of simple suggestions and resources to help you this week and beyond.

Check out: Te Wiki o te Teo Māori

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori: Maori Language Commission: 
The Māori Language Commission has a great collection of resources for you to download and use.
There are fabulous posters and phrasebooks available. Why not print them off and display them around your church?

The importance of correctly pronouncing Māori words:
This YouTube clip has been around for a while, but it's great! If you haven't seen it, it is worth a watch.Click here to check it out. "My name is Finnian Galbraith and I am a year 11 student at Kāpiti College. I wrote this speech initially for a speech competition in 2014 because I see this as a big issue and I believe it is very important that we take action. Thanks for watching!"

The Lord's Prayer:
This website will give you the Lord's prayer in English and Māori, as well as a translation guide and a video to help you with pronunciation.

Tāku Paipera
Tāku Paipera is a brand new Māori translation of the famous Lion Children’s Bible. The only Māori children’s Bible available, this 256 page hardback book features beautiful full-colour illustrations. What about purchasing a copy or two for your church library or as gifts for family and whanau. You can find out more at $16.99

Many children's programmes include a memory verse. What about teaching it in te reo this week? You can find a Maori translation at


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