August 31, 2021
Te reo Maori advocacy safe zone for iwi leader
Ngātiwai chair Aperahama Edwards has been appointed Taitokerau representative on Māori language body Te Mātāwai.
He replaces Waihoroi Shortland, who has retired.
The native speaker says he appreciates the challenges of language acquisition and the struggles of second language learners, and he has worked in kura kaupapa and tertiary settings across Taitokerau developing language strategies for iwi.
He says te reo Māori transcends tribal politics.
"It's one of the safe zones where you will see people who are of different trains of thought in terms of some of the more divisive kaupapa that impact and affect out people naturally sitting together due largely to the fact te reo Māori underpins our identity as Māori," Mr Edwards says.
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