Te reo revitalisation

must be cultivated in rangatahi

There are two ways of looking at Te Reo Māori, Kiley Nepia says; it’s in dire straights, but it is also becoming more innovative and accepted in Aotearoa.

Kiley Nepia (Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, Rangitāne, Ngāti Kuia, Ngāi Tahu) spoke about his personal journey learning Te Reo Māori at a summit held in Nelson allowing iwi and reo champions of the southern Māori electorate to collaborate and share their revitalisation work.

The focus of the summit, hosted by Te Pae Motuhake o Te Tai Tonga, was on supporting rangatahi (young people) regain their cultural identity and reo.

During his keynote address Nepia said his own journey with Te Reo Māori was thanks to his kuia (grandmother), who he said put a lot of care and effort into instilling in him a pride in his marae (Omaka Marae) and iwi, and who signed him up for a “six week course” when he was nineteen.

Link to article and video: Te reo revitalisation must be cultivated in rangatahi | Stuff.co.nz


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