It is Māori Language Week this week, from Monday, 11 to Sunday, 17 September 2017.

Every year since 1975 New Zealand has marked Māori Language Week. This is a time for all New Zealanders to celebrate te reo Māori (the Māori language) and to use more Māori phrases in everyday life.

The theme for this year is ‘Kia ora te reo’ – which celebrates New Zealand’s indigenous greeting and the intent of te reo Māori revitalisation efforts between the Crown and Māori.

To celebrate Māori Language Week at the Blind Foundation, Lloyd Ellison – our Deafblind Access Worker based in Christchurch – opened and closed our monthly staff meeting with a Karakia. You can listen to these recordings below.