Colonisation took away opportunity

for Māori to learn te reo

A Manawatū iwi has told a Waitangi Tribunal of how colonisation stripped away the use of te reo, a crucial part of Māori culture, in the area.

The Manawatū ki Porirua inquiry continued at Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom in Foxton on Wednesday, where submitters spoke about the state of te reo Māori and education since colonisation.

This week of hearings is about the area around Foxton, but is part of the Ngāti Raukawa iwi treaty claim on the historical purchase of about 130,000 hectares of land between Kāpiti and northern Manawatū.

Ehita Putaka and Valerie Perkins of Ngāti Rakau, a Himatangi iwi, told the tribunal about how previous generations had been forbidden to speak te reo.

Link to article: Colonisation took away opportunity for Māori to learn te reo | Stuff.co.nz


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