'Te Reo Maori is our language' - Kiwis encouraged to give it a go for Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori

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.

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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.

Ngahiwi Apanui says Te Wiki O Te Reo Maori helps to encourage the growing positive attitude towards te reo in Aotearoa. Source: Breakfast