31 Jan 2013

Ngati Kahungunu plans to revitalise te reo Maori in rohe

9:56 am on 31 January 2013

Ngati Kahungunu iwi is delighted with the interest whanau and hapu are showing in its plan to revitalise the speaking of te reo Maori throughout the rohe.

It's the first major review of progress since the tribe launched a strategic revitalisation plan in 2006.

Te reo director Jeremy Tatere McLeod says the attendance at four hui held in Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa since just before Christmas, shows there's a passion to ensure the language is given a major boost.

He says there's a real excitement and positive energy in the rohe for a re-genesis and revitalisation of te reo Maori within Ngati Kahungunu.

Mr McLeod says the ultimate goal is to be as successful as Ngati Raukawa and Ngai Tahu have been as leaders in the field.

He says each rohe has their own unique characteristics and it has been interesting at the hui to hear what Wairoa needs as opposed to Heretaunga or Te Whanganui a Orotu.

An outcome common to all the hui is that te reo teachers need more financial support and resources, he says and the tribe's role is to take all the ideas from the hui and include them in a strategic plan to revitalise te reo.

Mr McLeod says the next hui will be in Wellington on Friday 1 February, with three more scheduled in Auckland, Hamilton and Invercargill.