Every year since 1975 New Zealand has marked Māori Language Week - Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori. This is a time to celebrate te reo Māori (the Māori language) and to use more Māori phrases in everyday life. In 2013 Māori Language Week is from 1–7 July, the theme is 'Ngā Ingoa Māori – Māori names' .
Waitangi Tribunal members Chief Judge Edward Durie (left) and Paul Temm QC visit a kōhanga reo at Waiwhetu, Lower Hutt, in 1985. Kōhanga reo or language 'nurseries' immersed infants in a Māori language environment; the first of these opened in 1982.
Māori women have been the backbone of kōhanga reo (language 'nurseries' where pre-schoolers were immersed in the language) since the first opened in 1982. By July 2000 there were a total of 11,519 children attending 611 kōhanga reo.