September 14, 2022
Exhibition shows impact of Māori Language Petition
The anniversary of the presentation of the Māori Language Petition 50 years ago has been marked with a dawn ceremony at the National Library to open an exhibition on the event.
It was followed by a gathering of Maori language advocacy groups on the steps of Parliament in time for the Maori language moment at noon.
Maori Development Minister Willie Jackson says the National Library event was a chance for him to give an update on behalf of the Government on where things are at now and to thank those who fought for te reo Maori to become once more a normal part of life in Aotearoa.
“Those in Tamatoa, those in Te Reo Maori Society. We know the majority who fought for the language were not Maori language speakers. I had to acknowledge that. Really proud to do that. A lot of support coming, Tame Iti got up and he was terrific. Rawinia Higgins, just some good speakers to korero about the mana of te reo and where we are today,” he says.