Hīkoia te Kōrero | Auckland CBD

 He taki tēnei i a koe ki te oro whakanuitanga a Tāmaki Makaurau i te Wiki o te Reo Māori.
E rua ngā kaupapa kore utu e whakaritea ana mō tō tātou tāone nui: ki te Pū Tauhoko o Tāmaki Makaurau ā te Taite te 13 o Hepetema, ki te Pū Tauhoko o Manukau ā te Paraire te 14. Ka hari mātou mōu te whakapiri mai.

Mō ngā tau e rua kua taha atu nei ko Te Whanganui-a-Tara i te matakoi o te Wiki o te Reo Māori. I tēnei wā ia tau, e hia rau ngā whakahaerenga puta noa i te motu ka whakapau e hia nei haora ā-kaimahi me ngā rawa ki te whakarite mahi wero hinengaro me ētahi kaupapa - pērā i te tārei i ō rātou tari ki ngā āhua whakaniko ao Māori, te whakarite hoki kia torotoro te iwi i ngā kai horotai Māori. Ēnei mea katoa hei tautoko i te reo Māori.

Te Tāone nui o Aotearoa, ko Tāmaki Makaurau hoki te kāinga noho o te rahi rawa o te iwi Māori i te ao. Koia te take i whakaritea ai kia tōpūhia e Tāmaki Makaurau āna rawa hei whakahaere i āna ake mahi whakanui; he whakangahau ā-tinana, taiwhanga hoko kai, takinga mahi, tokonga kōrero, weronga ā-reo Māori, taonga whītiki, he tuku taonga me te rahi atu o te aha. He mea tēnei e āhei ai tā tātou whakatairanga i te reo Māori hei tikanga e tautoko ana i te tirohanga whānui rā,

“Ko te momoho o te tuakiri Māori he mea i rerekē ai a Tāmaki Makaurau i te ao – he tōnuitanga mō te Māori e whiwhi ai te katoa o Tāmaki Makaurau.”
He tuatahitanga tēnei kia whakakotahi te maha o ngā kura o Tāmaki Makaurau, ngā pakihi me ngā rōpū hapori ki te hanga i ētahi rārangi kaupapa hei whakamana i te aronuitia o te reo Māori e tātou.
He aronga nō mātou ka piki atu ki te 5,000 tāngata ka whai wāhi ki ngā hīkoi ki ngā Pū Tauhoko o Tāmaki Makaurau me Manukau, koia mātou te tono nei kia rēhitatia e koe tō rōpū.

Introducing you to Auckland’s inaugural celebration of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week.
There are two free events planned for our city: Auckland CBD on Thursday 13th and Manukau CBD on Friday 14th September (see Manukau parade registrations), and we’d love to have your company.

For the last two years, Wellington has led the charge to bring attention to Māori Language Week. It is at this time every year, when hundreds of organisations nationwide invest thousands of man-hours and resources putting together quizzes and activities - dressing offices with Māoriesque paraphernalia and organising meals so people can experience the taste of Māori delicacies. All of it, to demonstrate their support for te reo Māori.
As New Zealand’s biggest city, Auckland is also home to the largest population of Māori in the world. These are reasons why it was decided that Tāmaki Makaurau should pool its resources and hold some celebrations of our own with live entertainment, food stalls, activations, information kiosks, reo Māori challenges, prizes, giveaways and much more. This is our opportunity to highlight the Māori language as being essential to supporting the vision that

“A thriving Māori identity is Auckland’s point of difference in the world – it advances prosperity for Māori and benefits all Aucklanders.”
It is the first time so many Auckland schools, businesses and community organisations have amalgamated and put resources together to create a series of events that validate the importance that te reo Māori has for us. We are expecting up to 5,000 participants between the Auckland CBD, and Manukau central parades and we invite you to register your group today.

How will people know about the Auckland Central parade?

Email invitations have been sent to kōhanga reo, primary schools, secondary schools, communities, iwi, the business sector and government agencies across Auckland to attend on Thursday 13th September (Auckland CBD).

The parade will also be promoted on social media, Auckland Council and their council-controlled organisation websites, Auckland Live event listing(external link) and newsletters. Businesses along the parade route (i.e., ground level shops, shopping centres) will be hand-delivered information ahead of the parade, to inform and invite them to participate by putting up signs.

Registration for the event

There will be a simple registration process for people, schools, and organisations to let us know that they will be taking part. This year participation is by walking only.

Draft schedule (subject to change)
10.15am Assembly time at Albert Park, Princes Street, Auckland central
11.00am Parade briefing
11.15am Depart Albert Park
12noon Arrive at Aotea Square
Pōhiri (welcome) to the procession by mana whenua
Official speeches
Live performance
Headline Performance
Mass parade waiata (Whakarongo)
12.00-4.00pm Reo Māori Expo in Aotea Centre
12.00-2.00pm Kai vendors at Aotea Square


What qualifies as a parade element?
We encourage walking as individuals or as part of a group. Come in theme or uniform as there will be giveaway prizes on the day. There will be not floats or vehicles in this year’s parades, but we will incorporate them in Auckland’s 2019 series.

Buses and vans are to drop school children and other groups off on Mayoral Drive (behind Aotea Centre) at the bus drop off sites. There is free limited bus parking at Nelson Street (opposite 72 Nelson Street, western kerb), Victoria Street Park (outside Victoria market – southern kerb (tour coaches only)) and Vincent Street (outside the Rendezvous Hotel, eastern kerb).
We are currently waiting on further information from Auckland Transport regarding transport options for schools.
If you intend to drive your own vehicle you will need to organise your own parking.

Safety precautions
Safety is our priority. Auckland Council has approved this event and will be conducting a rolling road stoppage in conjunction with Auckland Police. Police and marching marshals (dressed in high visual vests) will be on hand to assist with the hīkoi to ensure the safety of the participants.
You will be responsible for your group in while in Albert Park, on the hīkoi route and for the duration of activities at Aotea Square/Centre.
Traffic management for the hīkoi will be the responsibility of Auckland Police, assisted by Auckland Council’s marshals. The front and end of the hīkoi group will be lead and followed by Auckland Police patrol.

Parade cancellation
(the parades will take place, unless the weather is very bad)

A decision to cancel the parade will only be due to very bad weather. Notice of cancellation will be posted on the Our Auckland event page, social media networks (Facebook and Twitter), the Auckland Council website https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/Pages/default.aspx(external link) and the Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori website.

Helpful tips
Schools, groups and organisations should bring a flag or banner, or dress in colour or theme to help group members stay within sight of each other. This will also help the group leaders immensely.
We suggest writing a contact mobile number up the arm of very young children in case they become separated from their caregiver. Please also ensure that all children bring healthy packed lunches, plenty of water, and sun protection.