Te Reo Maori

27 Jul

 

 

 

 

My Pepeha

Being Maori Language week I took time this week to reflect on my progress this year. I enjoyed semester one learning stage one Maori at WITT. It fitted into my own leadership belief as a truly was a learner again totally outside my comfort zone. While it was challenging I loved every minute of it and will do the same in 2015.

This week I was also inspired the way our students got stuck into Maori language week and the Kapa Haka competition that begins this term. The following is a reflection from a blog this week which also inspired me:

“I have heard it said that if Māori is to survive in this country as a viable language, then Pākehā must speak it. If they do not, the declining numbers of Māori currently speaking te reo (as identified in the most recent census) may be the harbinger of linguistic doom. We need all hands on deck. If that is indeed the case (and I agree that it is) reports this week of the low numbers of non-Maori studying te reo at school (4% of the total student body in year 9 and above, (see here) are concerning. The Māori and Pākehā learners of today are the reo Māori teachers of tomorrow. One of the key argument against making te reo compulsory in schools has been that due to the low numbers of te reo Māori teachers the bulk of the people who would need to deliver te reo to the school kids would be Pākehā, and in many cases, inexperienced and underprepared to do a good job. As calls for compulsory te reo Māori at primary school level start to gain a bit more of a head of steam (see here) it becomes pretty obvious that there would be a massive problem in delivery, even if the compulsory element is only in the offering of te reo Māori, rather than in ensuring every child must learn it. But I don’t think the lack of human resources comprises an effective argument against compulsory reo in schools, rather, that is a logistical problem that will need to be solved by governments.”

http://sparrowhawkkarearea.com/2014/07/24/in-praise-ofpakeha-learning-and-teaching-te-reo-maori/

 

 

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