Maori Language Week launched today – a special celebration as it marks 25 years of Maori as an official language of New Zealand. The theme of this year’s celebrations, which was announced earlier this year, is Arohatia te Reo – cherish the language.
Mobile phone network Vodafone is offering a free Maori language learning app, Hika Lite, to the first iPhone and Android users to download it.
Some language promo videos for the week have been released on YouTube. These feature Tamati Ellison and Point Chevalier Pirates player Wairangi Koopu, and can be viewed here.
Maori Language Week runs from July 23 – 29.