September 27, 2022
Kahungunu lays down reo wero
An organiser of Ngāti Kahungunu Inc’s annual Te Reo Ki Tua! symposium says it’s time for other iwi to step up.
The two-day hui in Hastings drew language advocates from around Aotearoa including contingents from Taitokerau, Tuhoe, and Te Tairawhiti.
Jeremy Tatere Macleod says since it started in 2016 the symposium has grown into a national event, as Kahungunu mapped out its vision for language revitalisation.
“It’s now up to tribes to design their own schools of excellence and Kahungunu has done that with our own rangatahi academy called Te Pōkai Tara which is a bunch of youngsters who are already proficient in the language and we take them to another level of excellence and we also teach some of those unique Kahungunu linguistic nuances. So I think it rests with the tribes now. We’ve all been given the template,” he says.
Dr Macleod says the symposium was a chance to celebrate some of the language champions of the past 50 years.