Ao Māori: Te wiki o te reo Māori

A guide to resources relating to the world of Māori including Treaty of Waitangi

Te wiki o te reo Māori - 9 - 15 Mahuru 2019 (September)

The theme will be 'Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ following on from the success of last year.  ‘Kia Kaha’ is well known in New Zealand English with its correct Māori meaning of ‘be strong’. We often talk about languages as if they are people – talking about language health, strength and revitalisation.

So when we say ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ we’re saying  - ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong'.

Click here to see how Ara is celebrating Māori Language Week during 9-13 Mahuru 2019. Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori - Māori Language week is Aotearoa's annual week-long celebration of the Māori language. It is the one week when we get to focus on the beauty and importance of our indigenous language.   Te Reo Māori is a taonga, a special treasure and it creates a sense of common purpose for many people in Aotearoa NZ. Every New Zealander can help revitalize and strengthen our language by incorporating Te Reo Māori  into conversations, whether it be formal greetings or the use of words and phrases that acknowledge and celebrate our values and our sense of belonging.  

This year we are drawing on Ara’s key values of Hono, Hihiri and Aroha as a framework for establishing relationships in a uniquely Māori way. Using Hono as a starting place to connect with each other, significant people in our lives and places through learning your pepeha. This inspires us to learn more and gain a new respect for each other and the things that make us different.

Kia kaha te reo

Take the #hono challenge and learn your pepeha

Pepeha is a formal structured way of introducing yourself within the Māori world by locating yourself according to important landmarks and the people you descend from.  Researching your own landmarks and descent profile so that you can develop your own profile. In order to foster whakawhanaungatanga – building connections.


In celebration of our language and our Ara values

       Hono - Connect

       Hihiri - Inspire

       Aroha – Respect


The challenge is to

- Learn your pepeha

Record your pepeha

Share your pepeha


Tuhi - Prepare your pepeha


Use these downloadable resources to get started on your pepeha.

#HonoChallenge pepeha template
#HonoChallenge pepeha cheatsheet

You can also click here for the Pepeha app to help you.

And gain further inspiration from Mariam and Hinemoa in the following videos.


Mariam Arif is a student with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and teaches us how to do a mihi and pepeha for Non-Māori. She is learning te reo Māori and demonstrates not only a pepeha (2.43 mins) but starts with a greeting and finishes with a whakatauki (proverb)


Hinemoa Elder explains ‘How to structure your pepeha’ in preparation for meetings with key stakeholders. (2.44 mins)


There is even a pepeha app. Find out about it in this 1 minute You Tube video called #PepehaChallenge

Past events at Ara

Te Wiki o te reo Maori

Ara revives Māori sport in Canterbury

11 Sep 2018 : Kī-ō-rahi, the traditional Māori ball sport, is a growing force in Canterbury (Waitaha) with most secondary schools involved, and its regional revival can be attributed to Ara Institute of Canterbury.

Te wiki o te re Maori

Te reo - sweating the small stuff

08 Sep 2017 : Between 11 – 15 September, students can experience Te Reo in unconventional settings, with introductory language sessions happening in the context of a fitness circuit session, a community quiz with University of Canterbury, a movie night, performing arts workshops and a game of touch rugby.