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Volume 4, Number 1 - April 2015

Ngā pumanawa tautono hei awhina I te ako reo Māori: Applications to support the learning of Māori language

After the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, te reo Māori gradually became a minority language in Aotearoa. This has continued for many years and is still evident even today (Statistics New Zealand, 2013). In 1986, Sir James Hēnare stated to the Waitangi Tribunal “Ko te reo te mauri o te mana Māori (The language is the life force of mana Māori)” (as cited in Ka’ai, 2004). This statement by Hēnare captures the essence of te reo Māori, that the loss of language influences the loss of cultural pride, prestige and identity. However, since the 1970s, many initiatives have been developed to support the revitalisation of te reo Māori, including the establishment of the Māori Language Commission and Te Puni Kōkiri (Te Puni Kōkiri, 2011). As a result of these initiatives, resources are now being developed to support the learning of te reo Māori, including the use of technology.


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