This year Māori language week will be held from Monday September 13th – 19th September. The commission will host a virtual moment at 12pm on Tuesday 14th September 2021.
After registering online via www.reomaori.co.nz, participants can celebrate te reo from wherever they are, in whatever way they wish.
In 2020 1,058,356 people sang, recited poetry, paddled waka ama, prayed and celebrated their way into history.
“We also want to set the world record for people speaking and celebrating an endangered, indigenous language at the same time. Last year more than 1 million people joined us for our Māori Language Moment, this year we want to see 2 million of us gathered together.”
The commission will be registering its world record attempt with the Guinness Book of World Records. A Colmar Brunton poll in December 2020 revealed that 8 in 10 Kiwis see te reo as part of their national identity. More information can be found here: https://tetaurawhiri.govt.nz/en/te-reo-maori/press-releases/maori-language-moment-2021/ If you are interested in learning Te Reo Māori, there are many courses available for any level and New Zealand book stores have a large range of books on offer.