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The University has a variety of activities planned to celebrate Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori this year.

Māori research presentations, Te Reo wristbands and an 'Amazing Race' are just some of the ways the University of Otago is planning to celebrate Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori this year.

The theme for Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori is 'Kia Kaha Te Reo Māori', or 'To Strengthen Te Reo Māori'.

Office of Māori Development Director Tuari Potiki says that with some 2000 students on campus, it is important to recognise the value of Te Reo at the University.

“It is great to see a number of different parts of the University celebrating Te Wiki,” Potiki says.

“We hope here at the University of Otago that Te Wiki O Te Reo will act as a benchmark for staff, students and researchers to do what they can to strengthen their reo beyond this week.”

Among the events on the Te Wiki calendar is the return of the He Toki Award, which acknowledges contributions to strengthen the use of Te Reo Māori on campus.

Other events include a Cultural Day hosted by Te Roopu Māori (The Māori Student Association) on Wednesday, and an Amazing Race co-ordinated by Te Huka Matauraka (The Māori Centre).

Find out more about Te Roopu Māori's events for Te Wiki

Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori schedule

Rāhina (Monday) 10 Mahuru (September)
PhD candidate Louise Kewene-Doig's He Kohinga Pao exhibition is at the Central Library next week, and then at the Hocken for the following week.
This is a 'slice' of her multimedia exhibition celebrating nostalgia, memories and Māori Music of the 1960s which was part of Puaka Matariki 2018.

Rātū (Tuesday) 11 Mahuru (September)
He Toki Award for the promotion and advancement of Te Reo at the University of Otago
12pm | 523 Castle Street – Te Roopu Māori BBQ - FREE if you can say a few Māori words correctly

Rāapa (Wednesday) 12 Mahuru (September)
12-1pm | Te Uare Taoka a Hakena (Hocken Library) – Postgraduate Māori Research Talks
Lightning-fast five-minute research talks from postgraduates across the different Divisions

Rāpare (Thursday) 13 Mahuru (September)
6.30pm | Te Tumu Dining Room – Wharewhare.

Rāmere (Friday) 14 Mahuru (September)
10.30am-12.30pm | Te Rehi Miharo (The Amazing Race, Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori edition)

For further information on any of the events, contact:

Matiu Workman
Communications Advisor (Māori)
The University of Otago
Tel 03 479 9139
Mob 021 279 9139

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