Children on the seashore illustration

Introduction

Help us promote what makes New Zealand special by telling your friends about something or somewhere you think is pretty cool. There are heaps of ways you can help spread the word, and learn te reo Māori at the same time.
  • Create and share a poster, website, piece of art or a video that uses te reo Māori.
  • Do a presentation to a group of people.
  • Take someone new to visit a place that is special to you and learn why it's special to local iwi too.
  • Let other people know why what you are showing or telling them about it is important, and what they can do to help protect it.

Find something really cool

Get out and explore the places near you, or do some research about a species you think is pretty special. Find out the Māori name for the place or species and why it's called that.

Think about what you love about this and want to share

Girls talking about nature.
Girls talking about nature

Spread the word

Tell your friends or class about somewhere amazing that you’ve visited, and the Māori name for the place. See if you can get them to come with you.

Or share with them what you know about an animal, bird, plant, insect other species that you think is great. What new Māori words can you learn to describe it. You can share with them anyway you like!

Claim your Kiwi Guardians medal

Tell us what you shared and who you shared it with, and what new Māori words you learnt or knowledge you gained, and we’ll send you the brand new Toa Tiaki Taiao medal!

To celebrate Māori Language Week we have 100 Toa Tiaki Taiao medals for you to collect from 8 am Monday 11 September to midnight of Sunday 17 September. Don’t worry if you miss out, you will receive a Nature Champion medal anyway. Toa Tiaki Taiao may become a permanent action medal in the future so keep your eyes out!

Get your Kiwi Guardian medal

Each Kiwi Guardians action has a different medal - see how many you can collect.

If you share something online use #KiwiGuardians so we can see what you’ve done and share it with others!

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