Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Launch of Cultureflow Resources

Hon Tariana Turia
28 August 2002 Speech Notes

Launch of Cultureflow Resources
Dymocks Bookshop, Lambton Quay, Wellington

E nga mana o te Whanganui a Tara, tena koutou.
E te iwi e huihui nei, tënä koutou katoa.
Kei te mihi hoki ki te tokorua nei, me a raua mahi. Tënä körua.

I am pleased to launch this package of resources this evening, and I salute the authors. They add to the kete of tools to help people learn te reo Mäori, and to understand the cultural imperatives that drive Mäori society.

They seem ideal for beginners. I consider myself a kohanga level speaker of our reo, and I, as much as anyone, will find them useful.

What us learners want is, first, some guidance and mentoring (but not necessarily overt and explicit correction), and, second, safe environments to practice our skills without fear of criticism or failure.

Using Maori in public, and on formal occasions, is good for the status of our reo. Parliament has a fulltime interpreter, and members can speak in Maori if they wish.

This is good, even though it is largely a symbolic gesture. Parliament is not the ideal place for learners like me to practice speaking Maori.

You may have noticed that I did not repeat my oath in Maori the other day, even though I could have read the words. People have asked me why not, when I did so the previous two times.

On the earlier occasions, I wanted to draw attention to the equal status of our reo in Parliament. However, I discovered the other day that an Oath of Allegiance has no mana if it is given in Maori.

You can swear on the Koran, as my colleague Ashraf Choudhary did, or in any other way that is binding on you, but you have to speak English.

The reason is that the form of words for the oath is specified in the Oaths and Declarations Act – and that’s an old law, that recognises only English. The Maori oath is just an optional extra.

Well, I don’t like token gestures. It seemed to demean the language. I’d rather not use Maori at all.

I am pleased to say that an amendment is before the House at present. This amendment will remove a legal impediment and an institutional barrier to the use of Maori language. When it is passed, I will happily swear allegiance to the Queen and her family - in te reo Maori.

In the meantime, tools like Cultureflow allow us to learn and practice in comfort and privacy. They provide a safety net as we walk the tightrope between our need to practice and our fear of failure.

I am pleased to launch Cultureflow Resources.

Kia ora ano tatou katoa.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news