was almost wiped out in Aotearoa
Te reo Māori has been through a lot over the years, facing extreme challenges and surviving only through sheer hard work and determination.
Read this story in te reo Māori and English here. / Pānuitia tēnei i te reo Māori me te reo Pākehā ki konei.
It bears the scars of colonisation, with many Māori today struggling to twist their tongue around vowels, becoming embarrassed when the words fail to flow the way they should.
So how did te reo Māori get to the point where it became an endangered language?
The short answer is colonisation, but sometimes the short answer isn’t the best one. Te reo Māori has a rich history which begins with the first waka reaching the shores of Aotearoa.
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