He roa te wā ka whakarangatiratia Te Wiki o te Reo Māori e AUT. Ka whārikihia poho kererutia e ngā ākonga me ngā kaimahi o AUT te kaupapa Pop-Up Māori activation nei, he whakakōrero reo te take, he waka e whakanuia te reo Māori ki AUT. I tēnei tau, kua whai waewae a Pop-Up Māori activation me te tautoko i Te Taurawhiri i te reo Māori me tō rātou kaupapa ‘Hikoia te kōrero’ ki te tihi o Maungakiekie.  Hei whakakinaki i a Pop-Up Māori activation, kua riro i a AUT tētahi kaupapa atu anō, arā ko Te Waiata Off 2019. Ko tōna orokohanga mai, he hiahia nō ngā kamupene o te pū o te tāone nei i Tāmaki Makau Rau, kia whakanuia Te Wiki o te reo Māori mā te kapa haka. Hei tā Te Waiata Off, he taonga te reo me te whai wāhi ki ngā wāhi mahi, me te whakamiha ki te hunga e whakanui ana i te reo ki te kāinga, ki te taha ngaio hoki. Nō mātou o AUT te maringanui e kawe nei te mauri o te kaupapa o Te Waiata Off 2019 he kaupapa e hāngai pū ki ngā wawata mō te reo ki AUT tonu, ki tua anō i tōna hapori. Hei te 10 o Mahuru, 5pm ki WG201 tū mai ai ngā kapa e whitu karawhiu ai, arā ko Air New Zealand rātou ko BNZ, ko Panuku Developments, ko Auckland Art Gallery, ko Vodafone, ko Watercare ko Auckland Council, ki AUT ki te matawhaura o Te Waiata Off 2019. Tautī mai, nohotahi mai ki te whakanui i Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori.

For many years now, Māori language week has been a big event on the AUT calendar.  AUT staff and students have taken pride in organising Pop-Up Māori activation, which is an interactive learning space where staff and students can engage in fun activities that enhance, encourage and celebrate te reo Māori at AUT. This year Pop-Up Māori activation takes to the streets supporting Māori Language Commission campaign ‘Hikoia te kōrero’ on the summit of Maungakiekie. In addition to Pop-Up Māori activation, this year AUT is hosting Te Waiata Off 2019. Te Waiata Off is a kaupapa conceived from the desire of different companies of the CBD to celebrate Te Wiki o te reo Māori through waiata. Te Waiata Off is a kaupapa that acknowledges the importance of te reo me ōna tikanga in our work environments, and to pay homage to all those, Māori and non-Māori alike, kuia and koroua who continue to support the growth of te reo Māori in our personal and professional lives. AUT are honoured to host Te Waiata Off 2019 as a kaupapa aligned not only to the reo aspirations of AUT, but also to those of the wider community to whom we serve and belong to. On Tuesday 10 September at 5pm at WG201, 7 groups from the CBD ascend onto AUT University for Te Waiata Off 2019 – Air New Zealand, BNZ, Panuku Developments, Auckland Art Gallery, Vodafone, Watercare and Auckland Council. Come and join us, be entertained and celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.

-Dr Valance Smith