Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Ngāti Kahungunu on proposed new Māori Language Strategy


Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Inc. response to the proposed new Māori Language Strategy

“Tae rawa atu ki te tau 2027 kua noho tonu ko te reo Māori me ōna Ngāti Kahungunutanga, hai reo matua, hai reo kōrero mō Ngāti Kahungunu whānui, ahakoa te kaupapa, ahakoa ki hea.”

“By the year 2027, the Māori language, along with its Ngāti Kahungunu distinctions, will be a principal language of communication for
Ngāti Kahungunu in all events and places.”

Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated is the mandated iwi organisation responsible for all aspects of Ngāti Kahungunu development. Ngāti Kahungunu has the third largest iwi population (61,626[1]) and the second largest tribal rohe and coastline, stretching from Paritu and extending inland across the Wharerata ranges in the north to Turakirae in the southern Wairarapa.

The mission of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated is:

“To enhance the mana and well-being of Ngāti Kahungunu”

The newly revised Ngāti Kahungunu Māori language strategy ‘Kahungunu, kia eke!’ was released last week at the Waitangi Day celebrations held in Heretaunga (Hastings). The strategy review process has taken close to two years to complete, including numerous consultation hui held within the Ngāti Kahungunu rohe (region) to ensure that the new strategy is a fair representation of the hopes and aspirations of Ngāti Kahungunu hapū and whānau. The review team consisted of Leon Blake (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa, Ngāi Tūhoe) and Pānia Papa (Ngāti Raukawa), assisted by Jeremy Tātere MacLeod, the Director of Te Reo, Tikanga me te Mātauranga at Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated. The final result was the newly revised strategy, “Kahungunu, kia eke! Ngāti Kahungunu Māori Language Strategy 2013-2027. The release of the Ngāti Kahungunu strategy fortuitously coincides with the current consultation process regarding the proposed new Government Māori Language Strategy.

The Ngāti Kahungunu language strategy highlights the alarming diminishing pool of native speakers and the increased need for in-depth research of unique Ngāti Kahungunu dialectal variations, which some warn is on the brink of extinction. The proposed Māori language strategy poses the question:

Te Kounga o Te Reo

• How can Government support the acquisition, use and maintenance of iwi dialects?

Ngāti Kahungunu recommends:

• The Crown engages with Ngāti Kahungunu to work towards the preservation of our unique tribal dialect variations.
• The Crown provides resource for iwi to ensure that unique tribal dialect variations are safe-guarded, preserved and maintained which will in turn encourage usage.
• With the highlighted danger of the imminent loss of native speakers, the Crown must provide immediate funding resource for Ngāti Kahungunu to conduct in-depth research to ascertain and gather our unique tribal dialect variations.
• The Māori language along with the Ngāti Kahungunu distinct tribal variations becomes the principal language of communication within Ngāti Kahungunu.

Ngāti Kahungunu believes that the Crown must provide iwi the avenue to safe-guard and protect their unique tribal dialectal variations and that without immediate action the tribal dialectal variations will ultimately die out with the increasing loss of native speakers.

ENDS

[1] 2013 Census of Population and Dwellings, New Zealand Ngāti Kahungunu population only, i.e. excludes the vast overseas population.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Culture: Rare Hundertwasser Conservation Posters Found After 40 Years

When Jan and Arnold Heine put a roll of conservation posters into storage in 1974 they had no idea that 42 years later they would be collectors items. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: The Stolen Island: Searching for ‘Ata by Scott Hamilton

Reviewed by Michael Horowitz
Located even further south than temperate Noumea, Tonga’s tiny island of ‘Ata might have become the jewel of the kingdom’s burgeoning tourist industry. Imagine a Tongan resort that would not only be mild in winter, but pleasant in summer. More>>

Reviewed by Michael Horowitz
Located even further south than temperate Noumea, Tonga’s tiny island of ‘Ata might have become the jewel of the kingdom’s burgeoning tourist industry. Imagine a Tongan resort that would not only be mild in winter, but pleasant in summer. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: No Pretence. No Bullshit. Fine Poem.

John Dickson doesn’t publish much; never has. Indeed, this new collection is his first such in 18 years. As he wryly and dryly states,

I’ve published two slim volumes, and spent all
My time working on the next.
(from Wasp p.67) More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Extraordinary Anywhere: Essays On Place From Aotearoa NZ

The New Zealand landscape undoubtedly is very beautiful, but so is the British one, and my attachment to this country is much more about some particular places, and the memories and emotions that in them combine, than it is about the landscape as a whole. More>>

Canonisation Fodder: Suzanne Aubert Declared ‘Venerable’

Suzanne Aubert, the founder of the Sisters of Compassion New Zealand’s home grown order of Sisters, has been declared ‘venerable’, a major milestone on the path to sainthood in the Catholic Church. More>>

“I Have Not Performed Well Enough”: Ernie Merrick Leaving Wellington Phoenix

Ernie Merrick has stepped down from his position as Wellington Phoenix FC Head Coach. The club would like to thank Ernie for his contribution to Wellington Phoenix and wish him all the best in his future endeavours. More>>

Ray Columbus: NZ Music Icon Passes Away

60s New Zealand music Icon Ray Columbus has passed away peacefully at his home north of Auckland... Ray Columbus enjoyed more than three decades at the top of NZ entertainment as a singer, songwriter, bandleader, music manager and TV star. More>>

Review: Bernard Herrmann's Scores For 'Vertigo' & 'Psycho'

Howard Davis: The NZSO's adventurousness was richly-rewarded, as the deeply appreciative Wellington audience was given the opportunity not only to see a couple of Alfred Hitchcock's greatest films, but also to hear fine renditions of two of Bernard Herrmann's most accomplished film scores. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news