While we've just celebrated Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, there are many ways we can help promote the language all year round.
This year Te Wiki focused on Te Wā Tuku Reo Māori.
The Māori Language Moment asked New Zealanders to celebrate te reo Māori on September 14 at 12 pm, through kōrero, whakarongo, ako, panui, waiata or tākaro.
But treasuring te reo is something we can do every day.
Using Māori language or bilingual signs is one thing organisations can do to show te reo is valued.
Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori has produced a signage list which helps make this easy to do.
Here are some Tohu Reorua you could use at your mahi:
Fire Exit Rerenga Ahi
Meeting Room Rūma Hui
Board Room Rūma Poari
Conference Room Rūma Wananga
First Aid Whakaora Whawhati Tata
Sick Bay Rūma Hunga Māuiui
Waiting Room Rūma Tatari
Help Desk Pae Āwhina
Stairs-Down Arapiki Whakararo
Stairs-Up Arapiki Whakarunga
Staff Only Kaimahi Anake
Stationery Hanga tuhituhi
No Smoking Auahi Kore
Wash Your Hands Horoia ō Ringaringa
The four key principles for developing high quality bilingual signage are: responsive and accessible services for all customers; and visibility, equality and quality of the language.
For more guidance on using bilingual signage go to: www.tpk.govt.nz/en/whakamahia/te-reo-maori/tohureorua
For a comprehensive list of bilingual signs go to: www.tetaurawhiri.govt.nz/en/learn/bilingual-signage/
For more ideas on fun ways to learn and celebrate te reo go to: www.tewikiotereomaori.co.nz/maori-language-week-ideas/
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