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Waka Huia

Sunday at 10.30am | TV ONE

Te Reo part 2 - 9 Aug

This documentary will be based on a time line of events from the early 1970's where Maori leaders recognized the dangers of the language been lost, and the asserted efforts of small groups and many others after them who made it their goal to try to revive the Maori language and culture to what it is today.

During the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Maori language was the main language of communication, however the establishment of schools saw Maori children being taught almost entirely in English. An English language only policy was often strictly enforced through physical punishment. By the 1970s, it was predicted that Maori would soon be a language without native speakers. This caused grave concern among Maori, resulting in initiatives to revitalise the language, including Te Ataarangi (a language learning system), Kohanga Reo (Maori language pre-schools), Kura Kaupapa Maori (Maori language schools) and Maori broadcasting. This is the first of a two part series focussing on the revitalisation of the Maori language.

The quality of Maori language being used by today's generation may not be the same as that of our ancestors, but nevertheless, it is being spoken. This is one of the many topics covered by Waka Huia in this final episode of our two part series on the Maori language.