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Mahuru Māori is a challenge open to everyone no matter their current level of reo Māori.

Individuals are in charge of how they challenge themselves during Mahuru by setting their own goals and intentions realistic to their knowledge and level of reo Māori, whether that be beginner or fluent.

There’s still plenty of time to register for the month-long challenge, which follows the maramataka (Māori lunar calendar), and will run from Friday, 15 September to Saturday, 14 October.

Taking on the Mahuru Māori challenge helps to normalise the use of te reo Māori in everyday dealings in Aotearoa and beyond.

Participants can challenge themselves in a number of ways, such as greeting only in te reo Māori or speaking only te reo Māori every day during Mahuru. If a challenge idea doesn’t easily come to mind, people are encouraged to use the Challenge Finder Tool on the Mahuru Māori website.

No matter how participants choose to challenge themselves, it’s important to know that this isn’t something they are doing on their own.

Last year about 15,000 people registered to take on the challenge and with this year's goal of 16,000 participants, there will be an even larger community of people joining a movement that supports the continued revitalisation of te reo Māori.

There will also be themes set for each of the four weeks of Mahuru that participants can get involved in alongside their own challenge.

These themes will be posted on the Mahuru website and social media and provide people a chance to upskill in their reo Māori.

Once registered, participants will be able to stay up to date with Mahuru Māori resources, giveaways, and opportunities to engage in te reo Māori in their community.

Mahuru Māori isn’t just for individuals, visit the Mahuru Māori website or email, to see how your school, iwi or Government organisation can get involved. 
To register or find out more, visit

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Published On: 1 September 2023

Article By: Comms Team

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