now it's fighting for language
It’s a fact it takes one generation to lose a language and at least three to get it back, Kiley Nēpia, pou ahurea (cultural advisor), of Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō said.
One of the ways Te Tauihu-o-te-waka-a-Māui iwi are making sure that doesn’t happen again is by organising a Māori language symposium called, Te Kaiaotanga o te Reo, the first ever to be held at the top of the South Island.
“Language, culture, identity, they’re all linked together, and we want our children to have a better tomorrow than we had,” Nēpia said.
The symposium, organised by Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō and Rangitāne o Wairau, would have some of the greatest known te reo Māori exponents from across Aotearoa.