Plenty on offer for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori - Māori Language Week 2019

22/08/2019 11:49am

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, Māori Language Week acknowledges Māori language as a unique cultural treasure for all New Zealanders on 9 to 15 September.

This year the theme is "Kia Kaha te Reo Māori" and directly translates as "Let's make the Māori language strong".

This year we are pleased to share some of the initiatives happening within our community to celebrate Te Reo Māori.

On behalf of Nelson City Council we hope you can attend one of our events and give Te Reo Māori a go!


Te Reo Māori Workshop presented by Anton Matthews - Wednesday 11 September 2019/ Rāapa 11 o Mahuru 2019

In collaboration with the Suter Art Gallery, Nelson City Council is pleased to welcome Anton Matthews, co-owner of Christchurch restaurant Fush which provides fish and chips with a side of te reo Māori. 

In a bid to help normalise the language, Anton and his wife decided to run te reo Māori lessons for beginners to teach people our beautiful language. After recently finishing their tour of Te Waipounamu following an overwhelming demand for te reo Māori classes, Anton will be here in Nelson, Whakatu to deliver two workshops for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.

Workshop times
* 1:00pm - 2:30pm
* 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Ticket Prices: Excluding Services Fees
$15 General admission $10 Kaumātua (Gold Card) and students
Pickups will be available from the Suter on the night of the event only.

Pūrākau Talks - Thursday 12 September 2019/Rāpare 12 o Mahuru 2019
An evening with extraordinary healers, healing the world through Māori storytelling, conservation and rongoā
(traditional Māori medicine).

• Joe Harawira (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Maniapoto,Tūhourangi) has transfixed audiences, telling and
performing Māori stories in both te reo Māori and te reo Pākehā
• Rob McGowan is of Pākehā (New Zealand European) descent and a skilled practitioner of rongoā Māori, traditional Māori medicine.

Brought to you by Te Pouahi, Nelson Central School.

Venue: Nelson Centre of Musical Arts
Time: 6.30pm
Cost: $40 

Quiz Night - Friday 13 September 2019/Rāmere 13 o Mahuru 2019
Bilingual quiz.
Venue: Nelson Rugby Club: Trafalgar Lane
Time: 6pm
Cost: $50pp
Tickets: Email:

Making Poi workshop - Saturday 14 September/Rāhoroi 14 o Mahuru 2019 
Learn how to make poi with Tom Alesana, experienced kapa haka tutor and bilingual teacher at Te Pouahi, Nelson Central School.
Venue:  The Suter Art Gallery
Making Poi Workshop
Time: 12pm–1:30pm
Cost:$35 general admission $20 students or kaumātua (Gold Card)
Using Poi Workshop - Saturday 14 September/Rāhoroi 14 o Mahuru 2019
Time: 1:30pm–3pm
Cost: $20 general admission $15 students or kaumātua (Gold Card

Weaving workshop - Saturday 14 September/Rāhoroi 14 o Mahuru 2019
Learn how to weave with Joy Shorrock, a master weaver and descendant of Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Rārua and Ngāti Koata ki Te Tau Ihu.
Venue:  The Suter Art Gallery
Time: 10am–12pm
Cost:  $15 general admission $10 students or kaumātua (Gold Card)

All workshop tickets are available from the Ticket Direct website.

Rugby Union - Sunday 15 September 2019/Rātapu 15 o Mahuru 2019

In support of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, some commentary will be made in te reo at the following games.

2:20pm Te Tauihu Māori v West Coast Buller Māori
4:35pm Tasman Mako v North Harbour
Tickets can be bought online from Ticket Direct.
See for more information.

Check out the Nelson Public Libraries and find out what activities are available during Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori.
Monday 9 September: 12.30pm Te Reo Basics language sessions.
Wednesday 11 September: 3.30pm Te Reo Basics language class.
Saturday 14 September: 11.00am Design a Tukutuku panel with your whānau.
Sunday 15 September: 11.00am Children's book launch and flax weaving - Weka Haka by Erin Powell.

All of these activities will be at the Elma Turner Library.

For more information check out the Nelson Public Libraries website or Phone: 03 546 8100.