Shane Jones talks about Te Kawariki and te reo Māori

July 26, 2015, 11:14 p.m.

Shane Jones talk to Radio Te Hiku about  Maori language week and the struggle to maintain the survival of te reo Māori. He talks about Dame Whina Cooper and the group that was known as Te Matakite the movements that followed. Shane speaks about the beginnings of Te Kawariki and the "mataara" that would shape the thinking of the group.  For Māori,  land/whenua/papātuānuku and language/reo are inextricably linked. Alienation of one is an alienation of the other. Dame Whina is a reminder of our past and the long journey we have taken.  Shane remembers the on the important role of the "ngā mātua"  in nurturing the Māori renaissance. 

‘Whāngaihia te reo ki ngā Mātua’

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