what will the linguistic future of Aotearoa New Zealand look like?
On day one of Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week 2021, Stuff reporter Scott Yeoman looks into the future of language in Aotearoa New Zealand and finds that at the end of a long road, there’s a destination many have in mind.
“Kia ora, matua” is the greeting Dr Rāpata Wiri gets when he goes to Bunnings Warehouse in Rotorua.
It’s the same at McDonald's, he says, and all over town.
“It kind of blows me away.”
Wiri moved to Rotorua when he was 12 years old from Te Urewera.