Rawinia Higgins:

Regenerating the reo

Rawinia Higgins was lucky enough to be born into a family with no shortage of proficient te reo speakers, so even though English was her first language, she had more than her fair share of whānau to help her become fluent in Māori. Not that it’s been a breeze. Here she tells Dale how she went from being in a remedial reo class at Rūātoki, to the Māori Language Commissioner leading the work of revitalising the reo.

Kia ora, Rawinia. For some years now, you’ve been influential in reo Māori circles. But I’ve been aware that your mum, Te Ripowai, has been a native speaker and a significant teacher, too. Has your reo just flowed naturally from her and your dad? Kōrero mai.

Link to article: Rawinia Higgins: Regenerating the reo - E-Tangata


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