Māori language revitalisation no longer a dream: now a plan


Kua mutu noa atu te moemoeā mō te reo Māori: he mahere kē

I whakawhiwhia ki a Ararau Rangi te Tohu Tiketike i Ngā Tohu Reo Māori ki Ngāmotu i te pō nei.

I riro i te kamupene rererangi te tohu pakihi, ā, nō muri mai whakawhiwhia ai te tohu reo Māori tiketike, a Huia Te Reo, ki a rātou mō te hōtaka tekau tau e whakatō ana i te reo Māori me onā tikanga ki roto i ō rātou wāhi mahi, i tā rātou ratonga hoki ki ngā kiritaki.

Hei tā te Toihau o Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, a Tākuta Wayne Ngata, nā te ū roa a Ararau Rangi ki te whakapiki i te whakamahinga o te reo Māori i rata ai ngā kaiwhakawā: “ko te rongo i ngā mihi pērā i a ‘Kia ora’, i a ‘Nau mai, haere mai ki Aotearoa’ i runga rererangi me te mau a ngā kaimahi i te ‘tohu waha’ e whakaatu ana i te mōhio ki te kōrero Māori, ētahi tauira ruarua noa iho o ngā huarahi i piki ai te reo ki taumata kē i a Ararau Rangi. Ko te whakamahi a Ararau Rangi i te whakamahere reo hei whakaputa hua he tauira anō hoki ki ētahi atu whakahaere.”

I whakawhiwhia ki a Tākuta Huirangi Waikerepuru te Tohu Auroa. Nāna i ārahi te whakarauoratanga o te reo mai i ngā tekau tau 1970. He kaiako reo Māori rongonui a Huirangi, ā, he tohunga hoki ki te mita o te reo o Taranaki.

E ai ki a Tākuta Ngata, he ao rerekē rawa tēnei i ō te tau i tīmata ai a Tākuta Waikerepuru i āna mahi.

“Kua mate te whakatipuranga i whānau mai i te paunga o te rautau 19 me te tīmatanga o te rautau 20. Kua pupū ake te matangareka o te iwi Māori ki te whakarauora i te reo mā te kōhanga reo, te kura kaupapa, te whakamahere ā-hapori me te āta mahi. Ā, kua kite hoki, ahakoa tōna pōturi i te tuatahi, engari kua kaha haere, te whakaae a te Karauna ki te noho rangapū e rauora ai te reo Māori.”

Hei tā Tākuta Ngata, ko te Ture mō te Reo Māori 2016 i karawhiua e te Hōnore Te Ururoa Flavell i te Pāremata te tauira o te noho rangapū. “Hei tuatahitanga ake, e whakaae ana te ture hou i te tauawhi a te Karauna me te Māori mō te whakarauoratanga o te reo Māori.”

“Ā tōna wā, ka kitea a 2016 hei tau mātua i mutu ai te moemoeā mō te whakarauora i te reo, ā, i tīmata ai te whakamahere.”

Māori language revitalisation no longer a dream: now a plan

Air New Zealand has won the Supreme Award at the annual Māori Language Awards held tonight in New Plymouth.

The airline won the business award and went on to be awarded the major Tohu Reo Māori – Huia Te Reo for its decade long programme of integrating te reo Māori and Māori values into their workplaces and interactions with customers.

Māori Language Commission Chair Wayne Ngata says Air New Zealand’s sustained efforts to increase their use of te reo impressed the judges: “Hearing ‘Kia ora’ and ‘Nau mai, haere mai ki Aotearoa’ on board and staff wearing the ‘waha tohu’ showing they can speak Māori are just two of the many ways Air New Zealand is taking te reo to new heights. Air New Zealand’s use of language planning to achieve results is an exemplar for other organisations”.

A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Dr Huirangi Waikerepuru. He has been a leader of the movement to revitalise te reo Māori since the 1970s, a long-time teacher of te reo Māori and is expert in the Taranaki dialect.

Dr Ngata says the Māori Language landscape has changed dramatically in the years since Dr Waikerepuru began his work.

“We have seen the generation born at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th pass away. We have seen the overwhelming enthusiasm of the Māori people to revitalise the language with initiatives like kōhanga reo, kura kaupapa and community language planning and action. And we have seen, slowly at first, but with increasing determination, the Crown enter into a positive partnership for revitalisation.”

Dr Ngata says an expression of the partnership is the new Māori Language Act 2016, shepherded through Parliament by Hon Te Ururoa Flavell. “The new law for the first time recognises the complementary roles of the Crown and Māori in revitalisation,” he says.

“2016 will be seen as a pivotal year in which revitalisation stopped being a dream, and became a plan.”

Ngā Tohu Reo Māori 2016 - Ko Ngā Toa Māori Language Awards 2016 - Winners

Te Toa Reo Māori – Tohu Oranga Angitu (Lifetime Achievement) Dr Huirangi Waikerepuru Sponsor: Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori

Te Toa Reo Māori – Kāwanatanga (Central Government) Sponsor: Te Puni Kōkiri Mana Tohu Mātauranga o Aotearoa |NZQA

Te Toa Reo Māori – Pāpāhotanga (Broadcasting) Te Reo Irirangi o Aotearoa Sponsor: Te Māngai Pāho RNZ

Te Toa Reo Māori – Hapori (Community) Sponsor: Te Reo o Taranaki Te Karaehe Kaumātua o Tīrau Tīrau Kaumātua Class

Te Toa Reo Māori – Mātauranga (Auraki) (English medium education) Sponsor: Ministry of Education Te Reo Tuatahi - Raewyn Harrison

Te Toa Reo Māori – Pakihi (Business) Ararau Rangi Sponsor: FJ Services Air New Zealand

Te Toa Reo Māori – Rangatahi (Youth) Aaron Koopu Sponsor: Vodafone

Te Toa Reo Māori – Pāpāho (Media) Te Reo Irirangi o Aotearoa Sponsor: Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori RNZ

Te Toa Reo Māori – Rorohiko/Auaha ( Digital/Innovation) Kiwa Digital Ltd Sponsor: Māori Television

Te Toa Reo Māori – Kaunihera ā-Rohe (Local Government) Sponsor: Te Puni Kōkiri Te Kaunihera ā-Rohe o te Tonga o Waikato | South Waikato District Council

Te Toa Reo Māori – Mātauranga (ā-Reo Māori) (Māori Medium Education) Te Mihinga Komene Sponsor: Ministry of Education Te Tahūhū o Te Matauranga

Te Toa Reo Māori – Takitahi (Individual Achievement) Manuel Springford Sponsor: Te Reo o Taranaki

Te Toa Reo Māori – Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) Whakaata Māori Sponsor: Internal Affairs | Te Tari Taiwhenua Māori Television

Te Toa Reo Māori – Te Tohu Kairangi (Special Commendation) Stacey Morrison Sponsor: Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Māori

Te Toa Reo Māori – Mahi Toi me te Whakangahau (Arts and Entertainment) Te Rōpū Māori o Pātea Sponsor: Te Matatini Pātea Maori Club

Te Tohu reo Māori – Huia te Reo (Supreme Award) Sponsor: Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori Ararau Rangi Air New Zealand

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