May 06, 2019
Reo path to redemption
A Māori language advocate says the Māori language revival is changing Māori whānau and society.
Scotty Morrison says it often starts with tamariki being sent to kōhanga reo and kura, and then other family members want to learn.
Along the way they learn other principles and values and start applying them to their lives.
He recently encountered a relative who after a lifetime in and out of jail has discovered a passion for te reo Māori that has made him determined to never again break the law.
"And what the iwi has done is recognised his ability in Māori language and they've started to give him language learning programmes that he can run within the tribe and that's given some mana back to him and he's started to get some status among our people and that to me is the power the language has," he says.
Scotty Morrison is the author of Māori Made Easy and Māori at Home: An Everyday Guide to Learning the Māori Language.
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