Intergenerational Māori Language Decline

Nov. 1, 2017, 1:57 p.m.

Tau Kāka is a Kaumātua of Ngati Hine and explains that Māori language is alive and well among the older generation of his kāinga, Matawaia. There has been a break in intergenerational transmission of te reo Maori. Few whānau have maintained the Māori langauge as a means of everyday communication in the home.

Moe Milne acknowledges that her generation have played a part in the process of language loss and that this has impacted on cultural activities. Māori is now generally only heard at the marae, at tangi and other traditional gatherings.

Tau Kāka, also explains that for te reo Māori to survive it must be spoken in the home. If not the Māori language is doomed. 

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