The chief executive of the Maori Language Commission says Maori Language Week - Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori - is about participation and everyone should give it a go.
Ngahiwi Apanui, speaking this morning to TVNZ1's Breakfast, said most New Zealanders know at least a little Maori - whether it be "puku" "kai" or "kia ora" - and the key is to use it.
"Te Reo Maori is our language - it's New Zealand's language ... its something for everyone" Mr Apanui said.
"The more people that speak your language the more mana it has."
Mr Apanui said he believes there is a growing positive attitude towards te reo, with more non-Maori opting to learn it than ever before.
He said he thinks the language will continue to prosper among all New Zealanders, with only a minority of Kiwis not speaking it in 100 years' time.