but experts say its survival still isn't guaranteed
Te reo Māori became an official language of Aotearoa New Zealand on this day 35 years ago. But the battle for its survival has yet to be won, experts say.
The Māori Language Act came into action on August 1, 1987, and granted te reo status as an official language of New Zealand
Māori Language Commissioner Professor Rawinia Higgins said it's been a hard fight to revitalise the language.
“The battle for te reo Māori has been fought in communities across Aotearoa, from our smallest towns to our biggest cities. In 1987 some warned that making te reo an official language would divide New Zealanders but 35-years later, te reo is something that unites us,” she said.
Link to video and article: 35 years ago te reo Māori became an official language, but experts say its survival still isn't guaranteed | Stuff.co.nz