Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori: Māori Language Week

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori or Māori language week takes place between Monday 21 July and Sunday 27 July 2014. The theme for this year is 'Te kupu o te wiki - The word of the week'. This theme promotes learning of Te Reo Māori throughout the year rather than during just one week.

Te Reo Māori was made an official language of New Zealand in 1987 when the Māori  Language Act was passed and the Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori/The Māori Language Commission was set up to support the growth of and promote the Māori language.

Ref: Photographer: Rachelle Forbes, Joe Harawira during a Matariki event, Auckland Libraries, 2013

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Multicultural Oral History Project Interviews

Listen to the stories of New Zealand immigrants in their own words. The Multicultural Oral History Project, one of many collections held at the West Auckland Research Centre, has seven recordings of the voices of people from the Pacific Islands, Europe and Asia. They talk of their lives in their original countries, their experience of immigration and settling in New Zealand.

Ref: Photographer  unknown, children in traditional costume dancing at the Ons Dorp Dutch Retirement Village, McLeod Road, Henderson c. 1990, Auckland Libraries, West Auckland Research Centre Print Collection