September is a busy month for diversity and inclusion celebrations.
Alongside the Diversity Awards NZ™ which will be announced mid-month, there are several other important dates on the diversity calendar.
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2020 (Māori Language Week 2020) begins on 14 September. Māori Language Week has been celebrated every year since 1975 and Māori Language Day on September 14 commemorates the presentation of the 1972 Māori language petition to parliament, asking the Government to teach te reo Māori in schools.
The website has ideas and activities for organisations that want to get involved and links to resources.
We also have five copies of Māori at Work, a simple, practical and engaging guide to using the Maori language in and around your workplace, to give away thanks to Penguin Random House New Zealand. Written by Professor Scotty Morrison, this is the perfect book to start or expand your te reo journey. To enter the draw to win one of these, email us with your name, contact phone number and delivery address. Entries close at 5pm on Wednesday, 30 September.
Māori at Work is part of a large collection of te reo Māori resources available for adults and children. Find out more here.
New Zealand Chinese Language Week runs from 20 September to 26 September. Launched in 2014, the initiative is designed to increase Chinese language learning in New Zealand. There are resources to help even complete beginners get started, including some designed especially for businesses, on the website. You can also download posters for the workplace.
Mental Health Awareness Week is being held from 21 to 27 September 2020 with the theme Reimagine Wellbeing Together – He Tirohanga Anamata. It recognises that this year hasn’t been easy and many of us have had to reconsider the experiences, actions and surroundings that make us feel good, stay well, and uplift our wellbeing.
Head to the Mental Health Awareness Week website to register for updates, find out what is on around the country and download resources for your workplace including postcards, screensavers and email signatures in English and te reo Māori.