9 Jul 2013

Maori language chief optimistic about long-term future

7:30 am on 9 July 2013

The chief executive of the Maori Language Commission says she is still optimistic about the long-term survival of te reo Maori.

Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori (Maori Language Week) which ended on Sunday was centred on the use of Maori names and placenames - the correct pronunciation and using them more often in place of their English-language equivalents.

The head of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori, Glenis Phillip-Barbara, says even though the language is still in a perilous state, the week does plenty to boost its profile.

She says small steps towards the vision of having Maori spoken more widely is where the Maori Language Commission is at right now, and for most people like her, who work in the Maori-language sector, that is a vision they are hoping to live to realise.

Ms Phillip-Barbara says it's about the language being both visible and audible wherever people go in New Zealand.