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Te Wiki o te Reo Māori whānau day

Date: Saturday 18 September 2021, 10am to 1pm
Cost: Free
Contact details: events.natlib@dia.govt.nz
Part of the Mahuru Māori series
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Kia kaha te reo Māori! Join us to celebrate and strengthen te reo Māori with bilingual tours of He Tohu, workshops, storytelling and much more.

Kia kaha te reo Māori

Immerse yourself in te ao Māori at our whānau day for Te Wiki o te reo Māori.

Workshops, tours, and more

Back by popular demand, join matua Whaitiri Poutawa for a mau rākau (Māori martial arts) workshop. Learn about different combat stances and Māori weaponry before giving it a go yourself.

Keen to learn more about 3 documents that shaped our nation? Join us for 30-minute bilingual tours of He Tohu. You’ll have 3 opportunities to join - tours will start promptly at 10.30, 11.30, and 12.30.

Arts, crafts, and storytelling

Join weaver Lisa Ramanui and learn how to weave your own tīpare (headband) made from harakeke (flax) to take home.

Captivating storyteller, Watene Kaihau, will share the Māori creation story, Te Wehenga o Ranginui rāua ko Papatūānuku (The Separation of Ranginui and Papatūānuku). He will weave taonga pūoro (Māori musical instruments) throughout his skilful oratory. Join these spellbinding sessions at 10am, 11.15am, and 12.15pm!

Join our craft tables and see what you can create: make your own poi from tshirts, create a collage about what Te Wiki o te Reo Māori means to you, and much more!


Feeling hungry from all the excitement? Our friends at HOME café will have a special menu for you and the whānau for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, pop by and see what’s on offer!

Māori man moving with a taiaha | long wooden weapon.
Whaitiri Poutawa in action. Photo by Llewelyn Jones.