April 15, 2016
Paul Moon, AUT Professor, Historian on Paakiwaha
In 1800, te reo Māori was the only language spoken in New Zealand. By 1899, it was on the verge of disappearing altogether.
In Ka Ngaro Te Reo, Paul Moon traces the spiraling decline of the language during an era of prolonged colonisation that saw political, economic, cultural and linguistic power shifting steadily into the hands of the European core.
He also chronicles the growing commitment among many Māori towards the end of the nineteenth century to ensure that the language would survive.
Dr Paul Moon discusses the book and whether or not teaching the NZ Land Wars in schools should be compulsory.
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