February 17, 2021
Higgins strong pick for UN language taskforce
Māori Language Commissioner Rawinia Higgins has been appointed to a new UN Global Taskforce on indigenous languages.
The Victoria University professor will join over 500 participants from 50 countries including government ministers, indigenous leaders and researchers.
The taskforce has a 10-year mandate to develop and recommend strategies that can revitalise and sustain indigenous languages.
Māori Language Commission CEO Ngahiwi Apanui says her inclusive style will be an asset to the kaupapa.
"She doesn't wait for somebody to lead her. She will start leading everybody, but she does it in a way that's really thoughtful, that's really considered, and is inclusive. I've really appreciated her leadership over the past three or so years because she says 'I trust you, I've got your back, go and do what you need to do,'" he says .
Professor Higgins is one of three delegates who will represent the Pacific.
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