Te Wiki o te reo Māori 2017 

Kia ora, its Māori Language Week! (11/9/2017)

The theme for this year  is “Kia Ora te re Māori” - New Zealand’s indigenous greeting. Have a look at the schedule of events celebrating Māori Language Week. 

Five reasons why it is good to learn some Māori:

  1. The Māori language is a taonga (treasure) of New Zealand, and New Zealand’s only indigenous language.
  2. It is one of the official languages of New Zealand (the other two being English and NZ Sign Language).  
  3. Learning even a few words can enrich your experience of living in New Zealand. For example, watching the All Blacks perform the haka will be much more meaningful if you know what they are chanting.
  4. When you interact with someone who speaks Māori, you show them respect by being able to pronounce Māori words correctly and use them appropriately. 
  5. Learning another language is good for your brain.

You can start small - for example to order a flat white in Māori you say “He Mōwhai koa” (Can I have a flat white please). View more café-related examples, and more, on the Te Taura Whiri I te Reo Māori (Māori Language Commission website.

Are CAB services offered in Māori?

The volunteers at your local CAB may speak a variety of languages. If you’re not sure, just ask.

We do hold a range of information in Māori (either in print or as downloads) from a number of organisations and Government agencies.

What does the CAB’s Māori name mean?

Our Māori name is Ngā Pou Whakawhirinaki o Aotearoa. It was identified for CAB by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu’s chief officer of operations (and former Māori TV broadcaster), Julian Wilcox. Julian's uncle, Peter Harwood, was the founder of New Zealand’s first CAB.

Below is Julian’s explanation of the name:

“A Pou Whakawhirinaki is a person whom one can rely upon when seeking solace, strength, assistance and help. The whakatauki (proverb) says – Taku pou whakawhirinaki I nga wa o te porotaika. My source of strength in moments of adversity”.

What is the meaning behind the symbol in the CAB logo?

The manaia is a mythical bird-man creature, and is used as a symbol of protection. The CAB manaia is based on the traditional manaia design, but has been adapted so that it is unique to the CAB.

The word manaia is made up of two words:

  • mana which means the enduring, indestructible power of the gods; and
  • ia which refers to he, she, him, her, each. It is the first breath of all living things that activates life, be it mountains, streams, winds, rain, trees, birds, fish, insects, animals and man.

Ka kite ano! (See you again!)