ANZASW celebrates Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2020

ANZASW is today delighted to acknowledge and celebrate Te Wiki o te reo Māori for 2020. The theme for the week this year is ‘Kia Kaha te reo Māori’  ‘let’s make the Māori language strong’. While it is acknowledged that the use and promotion of te reo Māori should be a focus year round, and not just one week, the week is an opportunity to raise awareness and engagement in an intense and concentrated way. It is also an effective way to provide resources and expert advice to encourage and assist people on their te reo Māori journey. ANZASW encourages everyone, this week and every week, to use te reo Māori in their daily lives.

This week Care and Protection Social Worker Francis Pedersen (Ngai Tuhoe – Waitaha ki TePuke) explained what her and her team were doing this week to recognise Te Wiki o te reo Māori.

For Francis and her tari, they have arranged activities for the week guided by the principles of Te Toka Tumoana. These activities both celebrate the language and challenge people to kōrero through te reo Māori.

Activities in their tari have included changing email and voice messages to te reo Māori, offering virtual events throughout the week, decorating their pods to feature Te Toka Tumoana with guests to judge on Friday, setting up a table in their kitchen called Te Tepu where people can practice their te reo Māori using simple sentences such as “ko wai tēnei” “homai te turu…”.

They have organised a daily challenge involving the use of te reo Māori, as well as exploring two kupu from Te Toka Tumoana each day explaining what that kupu means to them. They will continue to do karakia and learn a new Waiata written by Paraone Gloyne. They have also decorated the office. On Friday they will have a kai hakiri with special guests from the community which will further build on their partnerships. Francis highlights that this week should be one of collaboration and fun.

It is great to see what Francis and her team are doing to celebrate this week. The photos below are of the Pātaka where Francis’s colleagues can showcase what embraces their te reo Māori.

We would love to see what other social workers around Aotearoa are doing this week to celebrate Te Wiki o te reo Māori. Feel free to send through your photos to and we will upload them to our website.