September 10, 2018
Week to break te reo out of box
It’s Māori language week and language advocates are taking the reo to the streets.
There are to be three marches in Tāmaki Makaurau – in Te Raki Paewhenua the North Shore today, the city centre on Thursday and Manukau on Friday.
Broadcaster Eru Morgan, who’s helping to organise activities, says a huge amount of progress has been made in the 46 years since advocates presented a petition to parliament with 30,000 signatures calling for te reo Māori to be taught in schools.
There is broader public support for New Zealand to promote and protect its indigenous language, but it needs to be socialised further.
"The reo has often been boxed into the conventional domains of Māori radio, Māori television, kura and marae so we are taking the reo outside the normal conventions or normal domains that it is used to. We want to have the reo spoken in many contexts outside its normal conventions," Mr Morgan says.
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