Kia ora tātau kei mana, kei ngā reo o te rohe whānui o Heretaunga!
Kua tae mai te wiki nei me tēnei kaupapa whakahirahira ā-tau, Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori; nō reira, kia kaha tātau ki te kōrero i te reo Māori!
This year, Hastings District Council is celebrating Te Wiki o te Reo Māori just as you, the rest of the community are too. We have a number of initiatives aimed at elevating the significance and importance of te reo Māori, including its application and everyday relevance, both out in the community and in the work place.
We have adopted the theme for 2020, which is ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ and will go about our week, and indeed beyond the week doing our business and promoting te reo Māori where we can. ‘Kia Kaha’ is well known throughout Aotearoa New Zealand as meaning to ‘be strong’. So, when we look at ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ it means, ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong’; and how we do this or can do this is by simply speaking more te reo Māori… greetings, acknowledgements, phrases, proverbs and so on.
Keep an eye out for our Kīwaha Flags - bilingual colloquial sayings, which are up and displayed around Hastings, Clive, Flaxmere, and Havelock North In 2019. While numbers are limited at various events for the nation this year due to COVID-19 implications, we are also participating in our own ‘Māori Language Moment’ at 12pm Monday September 14.
We are also launching the Council’s Heretaunga Ararau Te Reo Māori Action Plan this week and so now start the hard work to implement our Te Reo Māori Policy, also called Heretaunga Ararau.
Māori make up approximately 25 - 30% of the Hastings district population, which also mirrors the wider Māori population figures across the whole of Hawke’s Bay, and we are honoured here at Hastings District Council to be able to connect up with our partners and engage with our Māori community to celebrate and champion te reo Māori this coming week; and into the future.
Heoi anō, tihei Heretaunga!
Heretaunga Ararau sets out a framework for us to ensure te reo Māori is seen and heard throughout the Hastings District Council. We will support the use of te reo Māori within Council activities and across the wider Hastings district. This policy also has links to Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi’s te reo revitalisation programme and strategy, Kahungunu kia eke, which we are proud to support. Te reo Māori is what makes us unique and we are committed to embracing te reo Māori as a Council, a community and as New Zealanders. Each and every one of us has a role to grow te reo Māori and Heretaunga Ararau will not only enable us to do this but will also ensure that te reo Māori will be protected for many generations to come.
This Māori Language Week we challenge you to use these phrases to speak te reo Māori with your friends and whānau.
Throughout Te Wiki o te Reo Māori we will be quizzing you on your knowledge of local places and Te Reo Māori history. Check back each day for the daily quiz - the buttons below will become active as we progress through the week.
Each day we will be sharing stories about the people and places that helped shape Hastings - Heretaunga.
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