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Today marks the start of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori / Māori Language Week (July 21—27).

Celebrate Māori Language Week 2014.

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori is a chance to celebrate and learn more about te reo—a unique and important part of our identity as New Zealanders.

This year’s theme is Te Kupu o te Wiki, or The Word of the Week, which encourages us to broaden our vocabulary by learning a new Māori word each week for 50 weeks.

Department of Conservation (DOC) staff are taking on the challenge.

Visit the Kōrero Māori website the if you’re keen to join us.

Manu / bird. Director-General Lou Sanson shares the word for the week beginning 27 April 2015.

Manu / bird. Director-General Lou Sanson shares one of the 50 kupu

Hopefully, by taking on the Te Kupu o te Wiki challenge, we will make more Māori words and phrases commonplace around DOC.

Our photo of the week today features the impressive Mt Taranaki located in Egmont National Park.

Local Māori believe Mt Taranaki once stood with the mountains of the central North Island. After a dispute over the maiden Pihanga, Taranaki fled his ancestral home, carving out the bed of the Whanganui River on his journey to the coast

This photo was taken from the Pouakai Range north of the maunga/mountain.

Mount Taranaki in the Egmont National Park. Photo: Malcolm Peacey.

DOC is running a survey to get a better idea of what people like to do in Egmont National Park and what opportunities they would like to see within the park in the future. Tell us what you think and be in to win some great prizes. The survey runs until Friday 17th January.

Photo by Malcolm Peacey | CC BY-NC 2.0

To celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week we enjoy a kōrero about te reo with Brett Cowan, Community Relations Ranger, Kaikoura

Brett helping at Wairau Bar archeological dig.

Brett helping at Wairau Bar archeological dig

My level of te reo fluency is…

Kei te whakamahana te paepae. Intermediate level. I promote Te Mita O Kāi Tahu/Ngāi Tahu dialect.

The Māori name of my hometown and the story behind that name is…

Kaikoura is the short version as the early settlers couldn’t pronounce “Te Ahi Kaikoura O Tama Ki Te Raki”.

Tamakiteraki was a great traveller of Te Waipounamu/South Island. Kaikoura was one of his favourite sites to stop. In particular, the Kaikoura Peninsula, where he would gather koura/crayfish. The koura were so plentiful he would only need to collect them from the rock pools, requiring only his ankles to get wet as they lay on top of each other six-deep in the pool. Te Ahi Kaikoura O Tama Ki Te Raki means ‘The place where Tamakiteraki would gather, cook and eat his crayfish’.

Brett strumming his guitar.

Brett strumming away

My tip to help you learn/practice te reo is…

Most people only korero 5% of te reo they know, and keep 95% hidden. My challenge to you is to korero 95% of what you know and only keep 5% to yourself.

My te reo challenge of the day is… 

If someone mispronounces a Māori word or name, without putting them down, try to pronounce it correctly in a sentence.

I reckon you should learn te reo because…

It’s like a muscle in your body. If you don’t use it, it becomes weak.

To me, ‘ensuring my work is in line with the Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi’ means…. 

I am a Māori conservation worker. Not just a conservation worker that happens to be Māori.