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  • Apr 22, 2012
  • 05:28 PM

Language shoots are still growing

Alice Te Puni / Gisborne Herald
IT was school holidays across the nation but, in Gisborne, free te reo Maori classes enticed intermediate-level speakers back into the classroom. About two dozen students attended the four-day wananga called Te Kawae Hue, which means “young shoot still growing”.
  • Apr 02, 2012
  • 02:06 AM

Spreading word on native tongue

Cherie Taylor / The Daily Post
Rongopai Kohanga Reo kaiako matua (head teacher) Sue Manihera says the language is becoming a vital part of life for Maori today as it was many generations ago. Te reo is being revived through the children today. "It is taonga (treasure) that has been lost to us. It is being resurrected," she says.
  • Mar 28, 2012
  • 01:38 PM

Maori Language Commission seeks cash boost

Kate Chapman / Stuff.co.nz
The body charged with promoting the Maori language says it hasn't seen a funding increase in five years. Appearing before Parliament's Maori affairs select committee this morning, chair of the Maori Language Commission Erima Henare said the $3 million baseline budget was a "difficult issue".
  • Mar 26, 2012
  • 10:34 AM

Why we have so much to thank the activists for

Dion Tuuta / Taranaki Daily News
By the early 1970s, therefore, Maori language and culture was in a perilous position. That spurred a new generation of Maori leaders to stand up and actively work to halt the further loss of the Maori way of life, sometimes in the face of open hostility from wider New Zealand society.
  • Mar 23, 2012
  • 02:02 AM

Surprise at number of parents speaking Maori

New Zealand Herald
...16 per cent of mothers and 12 per cent of fathers spoke at least some Maori language to their babies. Earlier interviews during pregnancy found that only 5 per cent of mothers and 3.5 per cent of fathers could hold a conversation in Maori. Almost a quarter (24 per cent) of the study's 6846 babies were described by their mothers as Maori.
  • Mar 21, 2012
  • 10:57 AM

Now playing: Bard in 37 languages

Sarju Kaul / The Asian Age
For the first time, it is hosting 37 international companies, including two from India, to present all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in 37 different languages. Theatre companies from Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas will present plays in 37 different languages during the six-week drama festival, Globe to Globe, which is part of the World Shakespeare Festival due to run till November.
  • Mar 15, 2012
  • 08:45 PM

Promoting te reo through music

Sadie Beckman / The Dominion Post
Moa Music's Paul Bognuda says the gig, outside the Waterfront Bar at Raumati Beach, will feature performances in te reo Maori from several artists, with a focus on increasing Maori language use and appreciation.
  • Mar 12, 2012
  • 07:53 PM

Kohanga reo discrimination hearing opens

Shane Cowlishaw / Stuff.co.nz
Specialist Maori language centres for preschoolers are being discriminated against and need separate legislation to ensure the survival of te reo, the Waitangi Tribunal has been told. About 300 workers and supporters of kohanga reo packed into Te Kohanga Reo Trust Board's headquarters in Wellington yesterday to hear opening submissions from the trust's counsel, Mai Chen.
  • Mar 09, 2012
  • 12:16 PM

Crown fails us, says kohanga reo board

MSN NZ News
Board spokeswoman Marina Matthews told NZ Newswire kohanga reo are "extremely important" in ensuring Te Reo Maori - the Maori language - stays alive. "The sole purpose of early childhood providers is to deliver education but what kohanga reo is a lot more than just education, it's also about whanau development, it's about learning the language...
  • Mar 08, 2012
  • 01:09 PM

Maori language - Emma and Barrett (audio)

Peter Gooch / ABC Online
Kia ora - if you've ever been to New Zealand you'll know that's Maori for hello. A question during our language segment last week prompted more of a discussion about the Maori language. Emma Hart is the convenor of the Maori program on 4EB FM community radio in Brisbane and with her to talk Maori is Barret Briscow, also from 4EB.
  • Mar 08, 2012
  • 10:02 AM

Te reo fits Shakespeare 'perfectly'

Kerry McBride / Stuff.co.nz
Having studied the intricacies of the Maori language for more than 20 years, Morrison is using his knowledge to help present the Shakespearean tragedy entirely in te reo. "There is real value in doing a show like this because it's helping to rejuvenate the Maori language. Being able to bring the language alive and present it to people in different ways is something I'm really passionate about."
  • Feb 29, 2012
  • 11:25 PM

University project creates cluster of Maori speakers

Radio New Zealand
The University of Otago says a project supporting people to have conversations in the Maori language has created a community of te reo speakers.
  • Feb 29, 2012
  • 08:10 PM

New degree to boost te reo

Stuff.co.nz
The country's first university degree for teachers in Maori immersion schools will address a "critical shortage" in the number of Maori teachers, says the course's designer. The Maori immersion teaching course, Te Aho Tatairangi, was launched at Massey University's Hokowhitu campus yesterday.
  • Feb 23, 2012
  • 09:26 PM

New course aims to supply 200 Maori immersion teachers by 2020

TangataWhenua.com
A new four-year Maori immersion teaching degree at Massey University will help to fill a critical shortage of expert Te Reo teachers and help halt the decline of the language, says Associate Professor Huia Tomlins Jahnke who led the development of the course.
  • Feb 22, 2012
  • 05:16 PM

Putting Maori stories into print

Whare Akuhata / The Daily Post
The desire of a Te Arawa woman to see Maori stories shared and promoted led to a flourishing enterprise which 20 years later is still going strong. Robyn Bargh's dream resulted in the launch of Huia Publishers in the early 1990s, a time which also saw the establishment of kohanga reo, kura kaupapa and Maori media, creating a demand for language resources.
  • Feb 20, 2012
  • 05:11 PM

School an impetus: principal

Adam Roberts / The Nelson Mail
A new Maori language immersion school in Richmond will lead a revitalisation of the language in the top of the south, its new principal says.
  • Feb 16, 2012
  • 12:17 PM

Kiwis split on teaching Te Reo - survey

Anna Cross / Newstalk ZB
A survey has found 30 percent of New Zealanders support the compulsory teaching of Maori language in schools.
  • Jan 03, 2012
  • 02:17 PM

Singing the National Anthem in their Own Language (video)

Eddie Avila / Global Voices Online
It was not until 1999 at a match against England, when one of the two official national anthems, “God Defend New Zealand” was presented in a new format with the first verse sung in the Māori language and the second verse in English. Both are official languages of New Zealand, but English is more widely spoken and more widely understood.
  • Dec 25, 2011
  • 05:02 PM

Reviving The Hawaiian Language

Ray Tsuchiyama / The Maui News
...For example, once I discovered a community access channel program featuring a group of elderly Hawaiian men and women speak in the Hawaiian language, some very natural and flowing like a first language. I was mesmerized, imagining myself back in Hawaii two centuries ago, before the arrival of Captain James Cook and the English language...
  • Dec 20, 2011
  • 10:39 PM

Arohatia te reo theme for 2012 Maori language week 2012

Radio New Zealand
The Maori Language Commission is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2012 with the theme arohatia te reo, or cherish the language.
  • Dec 16, 2011
  • 09:58 PM

Make learning te reo New Year's resolution

Voxy
Korero Mai - the ground-breaking Maori language teaching programme - starts January 2 on Maori Television, just in time to make learning te reo your News Year's resolution.
  • Dec 10, 2011
  • 04:40 PM

‘Pulled up’ at McD’s for writing cheque in Maori

Alice Te Puni / Gisborne Herald
Mr Tangaere is speaking up after a cheque he wrote in Maori, to pay for a school trip lunch this week at the McDonald’s Family Restaurant, was questioned because it was written in Maori. It was the first time Mr Tangaere has been “pulled up” for writing his cheques in Maori.
  • Nov 29, 2011
  • 08:14 PM

Treaty and te reo priority for new Greens Maori MP

Radio New Zealand
New Green Party Maori MP Denise Roche says there is still a long way to go to until the country properly recognises the Treaty of Waitangi. Ms Roche is of Ngati Raukawa descent. As one of nine children she left school with no qualifications but returned to education later and became a union organiser.
  • Nov 17, 2011
  • 02:58 PM

Language in words few take on board

Stuart Kelly / scotsman.com
It’s well known that Hugh MacDiarmid, the genius poet who did more than anyone to resurrect Scots as a literary language, was not picky about where his Scots came from. A poem might mix Doric with Borders, and the very name he gave to it – “synthetic Scots” – contains both the idea of synthesis and the idea of artificiality.
  • Nov 17, 2011
  • 03:28 AM

Taranaki Maori language expert calls for more creativity

Radio New Zealand
A Te Reo o Taranaki tutor says although the revival of the Maori language has flourished during the past 30 years, the Taranaki dialect in particular is still in a perilous state.
  • Oct 31, 2011
  • 05:14 AM

Endangered Languages Week lends speakers' voices to languages almost silenced

Vallari Gupte / UTA The Shorthorn
Linguistics doctoral candidate Andrea Muru said her father’s first language is Maori, and she can’t speak it. Preserving Maori, an indigenous language from New Zealand, and in turn other endangered languages, is important to Muru because she witnessed a language almost dying out, she said.
  • Aug 18, 2011
  • 02:45 AM

Kohanga reo claim continues

Radio New Zealand
Kohanga reo supporters will continue their arguments on Thursday for an urgent hearing of their claims to the Waitangi Tribunal. The Kohanga Reo Trust has filed under urgency, claiming that Maori language nests are endangered by government proposals for the early childhood sector.
  • Jul 25, 2011
  • 08:20 PM

Govt 'recognises preschool concerns'

Danya Levy / Stuff.co.nz
Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples says the Government recognises concerns by the Kohanga Reo National Trust that Maori early childhood centres are being discriminated against. Kohanga Reo are family-based Maori immersion preschools.
  • Jul 18, 2011
  • 01:36 PM

Dame Katerina Mataira, kaitiaki of te reo Maori passes

TangataWhenua.com: Maori News & Views
Tributes from around the world have begun to flow as word spreads of the passing of Dame Katerina Mataira, a wahine toa and rangatira of the highest order. Dame Kataira was acknowledged for helping to pull “te reo Maori from the brink of extinction” and became a Dame only a few weeks ago, for her services to Maori language.
  • Jul 15, 2011
  • 03:38 PM

Positive moves to embrace te reo

The Nelson Mail
Equally transformational is the surging interest in Maori language schools in this region. Though the reo immersion movement continues to be treated with suspicion and cynicism by many non-Maori, the demand from parents continues to outstrip the supply of competent teachers. Rather than dismiss reo as having no relevance in the modern world, increasingly parents are seeing the benefits of multi-lingual learning.

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