discuss their 'opposite' te reo Māori journeys
Newshub presenters Mike McRoberts and Oriini Kaipara have discussed their totally "opposite" te reo Māori journeys and the importance of the "taonga" (gift) that is Aotearoa's indigenous language in celebration of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week).
Newshub Live at 11.30am host Kaipara told The AM Show's Ryan Bridge about how Te Reo was her first language, while Newshub Live at 6pm presenter Mike McRoberts didn't connect with the language until much later in life.
"I was immersed in te reo Māori from the moment my mum conceived me I suppose," Kaipara explained.
"My grandparents were stalwarts in the revitalisation, as was the generation in the 80s, they set up kōhanga reo movements and kura kaupapa movements, so my education is pretty much total immersion."
Kaipara added that Māori was the only language she grew up with until she "rebelled" as a teenager and discovered English.
For McRoberts, the journey was the "exact opposite".
Link to video and article: Watch: Mike McRoberts and Oriini Kaipara discuss their 'opposite' te reo Māori journeys (msn.com)