October 04, 2018
Ngāti Hauā in search of old kupu
Ngāti Hauā is on a mission to revive its reo.
About a third of uri say they can hold an everday conversation in te reo Māori now, and the eastern Waikato iwi want that to be 75 percent by 2040.
That's why it's holding its first four-day immersion reo development wānanga, starting on Sunday at Raungaiti Marae in Waharoa.
Ngāti Hauā chief executive Lisa Gardiner says 160 people have signed up, and they'll cover a range of material, including a session on Te reo o te kaumatua taken by whaea Robyn Roa.
"She'll be taking our participants through a course looking at words and phrases that were used in the old days but for whatever reason they don't seem to feature in our everyday Ngati Haua language any more so that's an attempt to bring those words back. It's not only about learning te reo Māori but it's learning te reo Māori of Ngāti Hauā in aNgāti Hauā context and setting," she says.
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