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Frozen, The Lion King to be dubbed in te reo Māori

Frozen, The Lion King to be dubbed in te reo Māori

23 Jul 2021
Production is underway to create te reo Māori versions of Disney classics, Frozen and The Lion King.
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A Māori Siri: Voice apps that recognise te reo Māori a possible future

A Māori Siri: Voice apps that recognise te reo Māori a possible future

02 Jul 2021
Human: “Hey Siri, can you take me to Kaitaia?” Siri: “Which car tire?”
Masters study for te reo to launch in July, following national demand - NZ Herald

Masters study for te reo to launch in July, following national demand - NZ Herald

29 Jun 2021

"The programme is about providing Māori language excellence for highly competent Māori language tauira." says kaiako, Pania Papa. The course is said to be very similar to Te Panekiretanga o te Reo, a top Māori language academy which closed its doors two years ago.

Album of songs will celebrate 50 years of Te Matatini

Album of songs will celebrate 50 years of Te Matatini

28 Jun 2021
Songs that epitomise 50 years of Te Matatini will be recorded in an album marking the 50th anniversary of the national kapa haka competition in 2022. “You will hear a vibrant and new sound that will help elevate the Māori language”
Pop-up cafe helps students gain barista and te reo Māori skills

Pop-up cafe helps students gain barista and te reo Māori skills

24 Jun 2021
People can get a discount off their kawhe by using te reo Māori at Awatapu College's pop-up cafe. This is to encourage the normalisation of the language.
Veteran Māori broadcaster stunned by pilot's perfect announcements in te reo

Veteran Māori broadcaster stunned by pilot's perfect announcements in te reo

24 Jun 2021
A pilot's perfect use of te reo impressed a passenger so much that he asked to meet him and was blown away to discover the pilot wasn't Māori, but simply endeavouring to learn and use te reo as much as possible.
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Trade training in Te Reo Māori launched in Waikato

Trade training in Te Reo Māori launched in Waikato

23 Jun 2021
Ngā Taiātea has teamed up with BCITO to provide the first NCEA level 3 building, construction and allied trades skills units in Te Reo Māori. Up until now, only English versions have been available.
Pop chart launches for te reo Māori songs

Pop chart launches for te reo Māori songs

20 Jun 2021
A weekly chart for the most popular songs in te reo Māori is being launched today. The official chart will compile the top 10 songs in te reo Māori by sales, streams and airplay.
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Artist calls out racism after te reo Māori sticker gets graffiti complaint

Artist calls out racism after te reo Māori sticker gets graffiti complaint

16 Jun 2021
Hohepa Thompson is trying to encourage the everyday use of te reo Māori, so he put a label reading rāpihi (rubbish) on the council bin outside his store, but the sticker kept disappearing and then the bin disappeared too...
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Christchurch teen elevating te reo Māori usage - one floor at a time

Christchurch teen elevating te reo Māori usage - one floor at a time

15 Jun 2021
Rangimarie Te’evale-Hunt, 15, fought for two years to have te reo Māori spoken in her school's lifts. After the involvement of Fair Go, lift company Schindler Lifts agreed to changing the elevator voice to a bi-cultural one.
How learning te reo Māori helped me heal my mental health

How learning te reo Māori helped me heal my mental health

15 Jun 2021
Like many of our rangatahi, Katelyn Vaha’akolo struggled with her mental health as a teen, but over time she’s found the things that keep her wairua tau and changed her perspective on life - now she wants to encourage others to speak up and find what helps them.
Mind your language: the backlash against the te reo revival

Mind your language: the backlash against the te reo revival

11 Jun 2021
Why is a minority still threatened by the use of the Māori language?
The Backstory: Why Stuff’s homepage greets you with 'Kia ora, Aotearoa!' not 'Hello, New Zealand!'

The Backstory: Why Stuff’s homepage greets you with 'Kia ora, Aotearoa!' not 'Hello, New Zealand!'

10 Jun 2021
Here’s the beautiful thing about inclusive language: it doesn’t exclude you.
Gentle, respectful, humble: how non-Māori can help revitalise te reo

Gentle, respectful, humble: how non-Māori can help revitalise te reo

16 Apr 2021
“The way that Pākehā engage with te reo is going to be different to a Māori person who has grown up without their ancestral language, seen it battered – literally, beaten out of their whānau..."
Former Katchafire member Hāni Dread releases new waiata saluting te reo revolutionaires

Former Katchafire member Hāni Dread releases new waiata saluting te reo revolutionaires

31 May 2021
Former Katchafire member Hāni Totorewa says his new waiata Kōkiri “is for those who fought for the maori language to be recognised”.
Robert Rakete brought to tears by te reo translation of The Breeze radio jingle

Robert Rakete brought to tears by te reo translation of The Breeze radio jingle

20 May 2021
“I’m so proud that we are doing this — not just because we want to do the right thing — we’re just doing it because we should,” The Breeze host said.
'It was very spiritual': Musicians share stories of song and te reo while recording Waiata/Anthems

'It was very spiritual': Musicians share stories of song and te reo while recording Waiata/Anthems

02 May 2021
"I walked into the studio, met Don, sung it a few times and then left. Little did we know what it would go on to become."
This doesn’t make us less

This doesn’t make us less

02 May 2021
“Some of my generation may never receive the precious gift of time and energy to learn te reo Māori. This doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt. This doesn’t mean it doesn’t cut deeper each day.” Shelley Burne-Field on the pain of being 'reo-less'.
Māori Language Moment recognised in global awards

Māori Language Moment recognised in global awards

29 Apr 2021
Māori Language Moment named a finalist in the globally recognised Reed Awards.
Language, and more: The challenges for kura Māori students arriving at university

Language, and more: The challenges for kura Māori students arriving at university

23 Apr 2021
Raiha Cook grew up attending kura Māori, but when she decided to study at the University of Otago she found the move from te ao Māori to European-style learning difficult. Now she's researching that transition to help make it easier for students to feel safe at mainstream univ...
How non-Māori students play a part in te reo revitalisation

How non-Māori students play a part in te reo revitalisation

23 Feb 2021
A research first has highlighted the important role of non-Māori learning te reo for the revitalisation of the language. Charlotte Muru-Lanning spoke to Dr Will Flavell about where the language is going.  Before he started learning te reo Māori, Dr Will Flavell (Ngā Puhi, Ngā...
Poetry of US civil rights activist Maya Angelou translated and heard in te reo Māori

Poetry of US civil rights activist Maya Angelou translated and heard in te reo Māori

16 Apr 2021
For the first time, well-known poems by famous poet Maya Angelou have been translated into te reo Māori and recited to celebrate wāhine and te reo rangatira.
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Making te reo Māori cool: what language revitalisation could learn from the Korean Wave

Making te reo Māori cool: what language revitalisation could learn from the Korean Wave

16 Apr 2021
The state-sponsored pop cultural renaissance of Korea shows how language isn't an obstacle to world domination.
Stacey Morrison: Te reo growing pains

Stacey Morrison: Te reo growing pains

16 Apr 2021
When there were cries of "Māori snowflakes" in the media, it seemed to me the writer was inadvertently confirming the genuine snowball effect that Te Reo.
Reikura Kahi: Fuelling a love for te reo

Reikura Kahi: Fuelling a love for te reo

16 Apr 2021
“It's up to us to keep fighting for our language and ensure its survival. Our language is essential to our identity as Māori.” — Reikura Kahi.
I'm non verbal, but that won't stop me from speaking Māori

I'm non verbal, but that won't stop me from speaking Māori

16 Apr 2021
“For me, te reo adds another dimension to being Māori. It enables one to feel a sense of belonging and connection to their culture and I want to be able to experience that privilege.”
Keep your complaints about te reo Māori to yourself, BSA rules

Keep your complaints about te reo Māori to yourself, BSA rules

09 Mar 2021
The regulatory body that investigates complaints about our TV and radio programmes has today made it clear that the use of te reo Māori is not a breach of any broadcasting standard. Since June last year, the Broadcasting Standards Authority has received 27 enquiries about the...
Record enrolment for te reo Māori, foreign languages down

Record enrolment for te reo Māori, foreign languages down

24 Dec 2020
The number of teenagers studying te reo Māori at secondary school has passed 30,000 for the first time.
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No longer scared to speak my language

No longer scared to speak my language

06 Dec 2020
My whole life I’ve been scared to speak my language. First I was scared of getting it wrong, then I was scared that I was wrong to be speaking it at all.
Keeping Māori storytelling alive

Keeping Māori storytelling alive

29 Nov 2020

In a world where technology is taking over and oral traditions are at risk of dying with our kaumātua, Lee Timutimu, with the help of a few famous friends, has made it his mission to keep Māori storytelling alive.

A whānau affair

A whānau affair

21 Nov 2020
“We have almost four generations of te reo Māori speakers in our family. My goal in life before I leave this earth is that those teachings will funnel down to the next three generations after my children.” — Eli Smith.
Fish and chips and a serving of te reo

Fish and chips and a serving of te reo

15 Nov 2020
The Matthews have been serving up te reo to their customers since 2018. The response from customers was so enthusiastic that they decided to host a beginners reo Māori class at the restaurant. Free. They were blown away when about 3,000 people showed interest.
This Pākehā life

This Pākehā life

12 Nov 2020
“I decided to enrol in an immersion course at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, in South Auckland. My friends were impressed, commending me for my ‘bravery’.” — Alison Jones
Reflecting the reo world

Reflecting the reo world

15 Nov 2020

Kristin Ross on the challenges of raising children in a reo-Māori speaking household. “Their decision to be a reo Māori-speaking household instantly cut off friends and whānau who either didn't agree with their decision or found it too challenging...”

Karena Kelly: Translating Dr Seuss into te reo Māori

Karena Kelly: Translating Dr Seuss into te reo Māori

26 Oct 2020
Dr Karena Kelly, a specialist in Māori language and linguistics, took on the task of translating Seuss’ last book published before his death Oh, The Places You’ll Go.
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Young Māori clothing designer finds his passion through te reo

Young Māori clothing designer finds his passion through te reo

18 Oct 2020
Luke Moss is a clothing designer from Te Kuiti who makes clothes centred around Māori identity. Luke grew up hating being Māori but connected with his culture after learning te reo.
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Pay attention to those who go before - Tainui Stephens

Pay attention to those who go before - Tainui Stephens

03 Oct 2020
"The words of our old people are the stars that guide us on our language journey", says Tainui Stephens. Here he writes about some of the kaumātua who showed him the way.
Revitalising te reo a three-generation process: Prof Rawinia Higgins

Revitalising te reo a three-generation process: Prof Rawinia Higgins

19 Sep 2020
Hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders joined together to speak, sing and celebrate te reo at midday on Monday. This "Maori Language Moment", part of Te Wiki o te reo Maori, was the single largest celebration of the Maori language in our history.
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Justice Joe Williams on te reo Māori, and synthesising Aotearoa law

Justice Joe Williams on te reo Māori, and synthesising Aotearoa law

19 Sep 2020
“I learned the reo out of joy for the world finally making sense. And I learned the law out of optimism that if it was the agent for the destruction of my koroua’s mana then it equally could be the agent for the reconstruction of the mana of his mokopuna and great mokopuna...”
Hinewehi Mohi: Beyond Twickenham

Hinewehi Mohi: Beyond Twickenham

13 Sep 2020
“We’re talking about the creation of a bilingual music industry... Eventually, all our artists will know that this is something they can access and do, and it will become normal that an artist might have a reo Māori track on their album, as much as they might have a remix.”
A yearning for the reo

A yearning for the reo

20 Aug 2020

“We need to re-establish communities where the language is used in homes and there’s a support network. We want the language to be caught, not taught. We want a living language, not a textbook language, so my whole dream is to reinstate intergenerational transmission ...

Stacey Morrison: Learning te reo Māori is sometimes a luxury

Stacey Morrison: Learning te reo Māori is sometimes a luxury

16 Aug 2020
Learning te reo Māori is not just an academic exercise, says the broadcaster.
Finding your voice through the reo - Tainui Stephens

Finding your voice through the reo - Tainui Stephens

02 Aug 2020
For a long time, I thought that learning te reo Māori was just about learning a language. How wrong I was. Any language represents the personality of the people who speak it. The hardest part about learning Māori, is learning how to think Māori.
Welcome to the reo-volution: On the explosion in Māori language learning

Welcome to the reo-volution: On the explosion in Māori language learning

02 Mar 2020

With te reo Māori classes about to start for 2020, the ‘no vacancy’ signs are going up around the country as people continue to flock to learn our native language. There’s no denying that a reo-volution is underway across Aotearoa.

Pimp my reo - Moana Maniapoto

Pimp my reo - Moana Maniapoto

09 Feb 2020
I’ve always wanted to be confidently fluent and, at times, I’ve felt like it’s been within my grasp, that I’ve almost got there. But then I let it slip away. Other priorities and distractions, life and stuff... I’m going in. It’s time to . . . ā-ā-ākona te reo.
Rawinia Higgins: We’re not being too PC about te reo Māori. We’re worried

Rawinia Higgins: We’re not being too PC about te reo Māori. We’re worried

16 Jan 2020
One of our most well-known food companies, Watties, launched a campaign recently that deliberately misspelled place names, in te reo and English. New Zealand’s first language is endangered. We can’t afford to normalise misspelling and mispronunciation any more than it already is.
Celebrating our reo warriors

Celebrating our reo warriors

01 Dec 2019
“When the Māori Language Commission first opened its doors in 1987, te reo was viewed by many New Zealanders as something that would divide us. Māori language proponents were often seen as the enemy.”
Timoti Karetu: A stickler for standards

Timoti Karetu: A stickler for standards

27 Oct 2019
A couple of years ago, Timoti Karetu, who’s now 82, was knighted for his services to Te Reo Māori. That KNZM wasn’t any surprise because, in a career spanning 60 years, he’d been a major force on behalf of the language — as a school teacher, university lecturer and professor,...
Wellington law firm to train all its staff in te reo Māori

Wellington law firm to train all its staff in te reo Māori

21 Jun 2018
Wellington firm becomes first private organisation in NZ to adopt a "Reo Plan" with Māori Language Commission.

Ngākau titikaha means to be confident. Ngākau is heart, titi means to pierce and kaha means strength. Every time I speak reo I feel my heart is pierced with power and strength.

— Shilo Kino.
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New Zealand’s first language is endangered. We can’t afford to normalise misspelling and mispronunciation any more than it already is.

— Professor Rawinia Higgins.
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Kāore ōku toto Māori, engari ko Aotearoa te whenua i whakatipu mai i a au. I don’t have any Māori blood, but Aotearoa is the land that raised me.

— Rosie Remmerswaal.
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When we were dreaming of a world for our daughter, we wanted her whole world to have te reo Māori in it, not just her parents in the house that she lived in. So, when she goes to play, there are things that reflect her reality. When she watches TV, there are shows that reflect her reality. When she’s in the shops, there are things on the shelf that reflect her reality. And so that was the catalyst for Pipi Mā.

— Kristin Ross.
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I learned the reo out of joy for the world finally making sense. And I learned the law out of optimism that if it was the agent for the destruction of my koroua’s mana then it equally could be the agent for the reconstruction of the mana of his mokopuna and great mokopuna, and that is how I get here, really.

— Justice Sir Joe Williams.
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