City Council helping to promote Maori Language Week

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New resources have been released to promote and support Maori language in the community, with the theme Te Mahi Kai The Language of Food for this years Maori Language Week taking place from 26 July to 1 August.

Our key message for the language this year is encouraging use in communities, so we have deliberately chosen an activity based theme to promote and widen spoken language in communities says Chief Executive, Glenis Philip-Barbara.

Our partners Te Puni K?kiri, Human Rights Commission, and Wellington City Council have been working with us to promote and celebrate the week throughout the country. We have produced resources for wh?nau and organisations to support them using M?ori language in their everyday activities, says Glenis Philip-Barbara.

Resources for Maori Language Week 2010 include a full colour booklet Te Mahi Kai, with helpful phrases, words and activities for a range of settings in the community, a recyclable shopping bag, posters, pens, t-shirts and more.

We are continually updating our Maori Language Week web pages to give people ideas and information about the week. An order form can be downloaded from the Korero Maori website. Information on the Maori Language Awards will be uploaded shortly. The main criteria are long term commitments, excellence in te reo and involvement of the wider community, says Glenis Philip-Barbara.

For more information visitwww.koreromaori.co.nz

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