April 21, 2022
Taura Whiri seeks kōhanga memories
Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori is inviting people to share their memories and pictures of their kōhanga reo days.
Chief executive Ngahiwi Apanui says it’s a big-time for anniversaries in the Māori language revival movement.
A lot of the focus will be on the heroes who led the challenge for recognition of te reo Māori, but the language commission is also keen to draw out the small stories as well.
“What te reo Māori means for the children in kōhanga, what te reo Māori means for the children currently in kura kaupapa, and give them an opportunity to engage with their parents and grandparents about te reo Māori. I’m looking forward to the stories because I think they will be really beautiful and I think they will be inspirational as well,” Mr Apanui says.
He expects some stories about the early days of kōhanga reo may recall punishments, but that reflects the kind of classroom behaviours the untrained kaiako had grown up with themselves.
Site here: https://www.reomaori.co.nz/kohanga-stories