Embracing Te Reo Māori

16 September 2019

SouthSeas staff embracing Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week).

SouthSeas Healthcare were among many organisations celebrating New Zealand's indigenous language as part of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week), which kicked-off earlier this month.

During Māori Language Week, SouthSeas staff had the opportunity to learn basic phrases, and Māori-inspired history and culture. It was all about respecting, embracing, and celebrating Te Reo Māori and giving it a go.

SouthSeas Healthcare CEO Lemalu Vaisola-Sefo says it was a good week to pay tribute to Te Reo Māori and to celebrate it. For us as an organisation, it is important to recognise Te Reo Māori in our work and our services.

“In honour of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, staff have been planning activities ensuring our team have the opportunity to utilise Te Reo Māori more often in their work. We’ve also celebrated with a communal meal to end the language week.”

“Te Reo Māori deserves to be highlighted and incorporated into work and the lives of all Kiwis year round. It's the language of Aotearoa and it is part of our culture and who we are as New Zealanders and we should nurture it,” says Lemalu.

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori has been celebrated each year since 1975. This year's theme was ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’, ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong'.

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