Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

Kia ora koutou katoa!

It was wonderful to see Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) being celebrated right across Sancta Maria College this year!  Thank you to all our staff and students who took up the challenge to get involved and kīwaha (give it a go)!

My Mihi
A mihi is a simple greeting that helps to identify what your connections are to the land and other people and places.  This year we ran a school-wide competition to create a My Mihi video that students could upload to Schoology and social media. We received many entries, and it was great to see so many students of all backgrounds getting involved!
To watch an instructional video about creating your own mihi, check out this link:

Maori Language Moment
This year the focus of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori was “Māori Language Moment”.  The goal was to create the largest ever celebration of te reo across the country at midday on Tuesday 14th September.  Schools, businesses, and families could all participate and choose how they would incorporate te reo into that moment.

Sancta Maria College took part in a variety of ways across our online classes:

  • Karakia – prayers with homeroom
  • Practising our mihi
  • Kahoot! quizzes for common phrases and useful words
  • Greetings and informal chat in Māori

Keeping up our Kōrero
For a language that was almost completely lost and is still endangered, it is wonderful to see te reo Māori being used across the country and within our own college! Te reo is something we can all be proud of as New Zealanders. It is special and something unique to Aotearoa.

I am passionate about the use of te reo within our life at college and I would like to challenge us all to apply some of the things we have learned at school to our daily lives.

Here are some things to try with your whānau or at your workplace:


  • Tena koe                                         Hello.
  • Kei te pehea koe?                          How are you?
  • Kei te pai!                                       I am good.
  • Me koe?                                          And you?

Karakia  – Try this Prayer at Dinner
E te Atua
Whakapainga ēnei kai
Hei oranga mō ō mātou tinana
Whāngaia hoki ō mātou wairua ki te taro o te ora
Ko Ihu Karaiti tō mātou Ariki
Ake, ake, ake

Ngā mihi
Ben Bacon 
Director of Pastoral Care & Wellbeing