Every year since 1975 New Zealand has marked Māori Language Week. This is a time for all New Zealanders to celebrate te reo Māori (the Māori language) and to use more Māori phrases in everyday life. In 2015 Māori Language Week is from 27 July-2 August; the theme is ‘Whāngaihia te reo Māori ki ngā mātua’: helping parents to pass te reo on to their children. This is part of the underlying theme of Māori Language Week, ‘Arohatia te Reo – cherish the language’.
Why not incorporate te reo Maori into the workplace by;
-Sending out Intranet announcements published in English and te reo. These daily snippets – pitopito kōrero – could include the day of the week, common phrases, proverbs and greetings.
-Profiles of people who are fluent in te reo, and how they are celebrating Māori Language week.
-Email and website greetings published in English and te reo.
-Encouraging active participation in speaking te reo
-Starting each morning with a karakia and waiata in the staff room to bless the people and the work they will carry out that day.
-Placing small signs around the building identifying objects with both Māori and English translations.
-Theming shared lunches using traditional Māori food and/or ingredients.
-Lunchtime Bingo – in Māori.