Kia ora! 10 - 17 Mahuru (September) is Māori Language Week
“Kia Kaha te Reo Māori” (“Let's make the Māori language strong”). Parades have been organised all over the country to celebrate.
The Māori language is a taonga (treasure) of New Zealand, and New Zealand’s only indigenous language. Everyone can do something to strengthen the Māori language. It starts with learning just one word or phrase.
For example you can try:
- ordering a coffee by saying “He Mōwhai koa?” (“Can I have a flat white please?”) – see more coffee-related phrases;
- thanking your bus driver by saying “Kia ora ete taraiwa! “(Thank you driver!) – see more public transport-related phrases; or
- learning to talk tech in Māori, for example “He rākau pūmahara tāu?” (“Have you got a memory stick?”) – view the phrasebook.
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!)