Te reo Māori is a language rich in wit, allegory and human experience spanning centuries. Once, the language soared up the mountains and across the waterways of this landscape, as loud as a cacophony of bird song at dusk.   

After deliberate and sustained effort, te reo Māori is now a symbol of pride, a vehicle to unify all people of Aotearoa New Zealand and a taonga that places us uniquely on the world stage. 

In 2024 Te Taura Whiri is bringing a new kaupapa to Te Wiki o te reo Māori - Waha Kōrero.

Waha Kōrero is not a whaikōrero competition. It is a display of fast thinking, impromptu speeches on a set topic. It is open to all people - Māori and non-Māori. Ko te reo te take. 

The overall winner will take away a prize of $10,000. 

Submissions for Round One open at 8am on Monday 8 July and will close at 11.59pm on Sunday 28 July.