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Te Atakura o te reo Māori

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He wānanga Te Te Atakura o te reo Māori: Te whā-tekau tau o te Petihana Reo Māori, e rua rangi te roa. He whakanui i te whā-tekau tau o te tukuhanga i te Petihana Reo Māori ki ngā arapiki o te Whare Pāremata o Aotearoa. Ko Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga te ringa tautoko i te kaupapa, ā-pūtea nei.

I te tau 1972, nā Te Rōpū Reo Māori (Te Whare Wānanga o Te Ūpoko o te Ika a Māui) me Ngā Tamatoa (Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmakimakaurau) i tuku tētahi petihana nui te tautokohia – te Petihana Reo Māori – ki te Whare Pāremata. 33,000 te hunga i tautoko i ngā tono kia whakatūria he kaupapa whakaako, whakapāoho i te reo Māori. Ko ia te putanga mai o ngā kaupapa huhua i hihiko ai te reo Māori, i hauora anō ai te reo i ēnei tau 45. Ahakoa te eke pānuku o taua mahi rā, e haere tonu ana ngā kōrero whakapae ka mate te reo, me ōna kōrero whakahē i te ora o te reo Māori. Puta tonu atu ēnei whakaaro ki te iwi Māori, me te aha ka hemo te hihiri, ka hōhā anō ki te kōkiri i te reo Māori.

Ko ngā kōrero o taua petihana rā, he ihi kei roto, he wana kei roto. Ko te mahi a te tuku petihana he kaupapa tū whakarae, eke ngaru pukepuke e hou ai ngā kōrero o te wā, haere ake nei. Ko tēnei wānanga nei, he whakahoki mai i tēnei mauri ki ngā pakitara o ngā whare i āhua mai ai ia – Te Herenga Waka Marae me Te Whare Wānanga o te Ūpoko o te Ika a Māui. Mā tēnei wānanga e rarau mai ngā Ika-a-whiro o taua petihana kia hoki mai ki tō rātou rua ngārehu, me te pōhiri anō i te hunga ngākau nui ki te reo kia kōrero mō te wāhi ki a rātou i roto i ngā mahi whakarauora reo i ēnei rā.

I tua atu i te hui, ka whai hoki tātou i ngā tapuwae i hīkoingia e Te Rōpū Reo Māori, e Ngā Tamatoa i te tau 1972. Mā te hīkoi nei e kite ai tātou ehara i te mea he reo porotēhi anake te reo Māori, engari kē ia he reo rangona, kitea, kōrerotia i ngā tōpito katoa o Te Whanganui-a-Tara.


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Te Atakura o te reo Māori: Celebrating forty-five years of the Māori Language Petition is a two-day symposium that celebrates 45 years since the Māori language petition was signed and delivered to the steps of Aotearoa’s parliament. The event is sponsored by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga.

In 1972, the Te Reo Māori Society (Victoria University) and Ngā Tamatoa (Auckland University) delivered one of New Zealand most supported petitions – the Māori Language Petition – to parliament. 33,000 New Zealanders supported their request for funds to establish education and broadcasting initiatives for the language. That petition sparked a multitude of initiatives that have revived and invigorated te reo Māori for the last 45 years. Despite such an amazing achievement, we continue to talk about te reo Māori as if it is on the brink of death, and apply deficit models of thought to language issues. These issues are then distributed to communities who become demotivated and frustrated to champion te reo.

The kōrero that went into that petition was exciting, invigorating and inspiring. The act of submitting it is an example of facing adversity, and doing something great that changed history. This symposium brings the mauri of that petition back to the walls of the whare where it first began – Te Herenga Waka, Victoria University. This symposium will bring stalwarts of the petition back to Victoria, as well as allowing space for all reo champions to discuss the parts they play in the life of te reo.

We will also physically walk part of the petition hīkoi. This act will contribute to thinking about how te reo is no longer a single language of protest, but a normal language heard, seen and spoken around the streets of Wellington.

The key organiser, Vini Olsen-Reeder, is an academic in Te Kawa a Māui, Victoria University. Vini hails from Tauranga Moana and in 2015, revived the Māori Language Society upon consultation with original Society members. The Society has since brought new life into the way Victoria students value te reo Māori through providing opportunities to speak Māori, attend events and to contribute to the university radio station.

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