Te reo Māori protection needed more than ever

“Honouring the Treaty of Waitangi includes doing more to get te reo Māori out of the danger zone,” says Māori Language Commission chief executive Ngahiwi Apanui.

“Te reo Māori is in a perilous state and more must be done to ensure it has a future.”

“Our country’s founding document was written in both Māori and English – the language had a place at the table of power in 1840 and it must be given similar consideration to support current efforts to revive te reo Māori.”

“As the country celebrates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, I sincerely hope that we all reflect on the importance of te reo Māori to this nation, its place in our schools, on our sports fields, in broadcasting, in Parliament, in business and in all aspects of our lives.

“Te reo Māori is a force for unity for all people of Aotearoa who wish to join the growing number of Māori language champions working to ensure New Zealand’s language is around for future generations.”

One in five Māori people (or 21% of 598,605) speak the language.

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