Is te reo a dying language?

Is te reo a dying language?

Unless drastic measures are taken the Māori language is doomed to die off with thousands of other languages with few speakers, new research suggests. The Government has set a target of 1 million speakers of basic Te Reo by 2040, and 150,000 proficient.

What is the difference between Māori and te reo?

listen)), also known as te reo (‘the language’), is an Eastern Polynesian language spoken by the Māori people, the indigenous population of New Zealand. Closely related to Cook Islands Māori, Tuamotuan, and Tahitian, it gained recognition as one of New Zealand’s official languages in 1987.

What is te reo Pakeha?

Mātauranga Māori literally translated means ‘Māori knowledge’. It’s a modern term that broadly includes traditions, values, concepts, philosophies and world views.

Is te reo Māori an official language?

Māori was made an official language of New Zealand under the Maori Language Act 1987. There are now many institutions, most set up since the 1980s, working to recover te reo.

What percentage of New Zealand is Māori?

New Zealand’s estimated Māori ethnic population was 875,300 (17.1 percent of national population).

What languages do New Zealand speak?

Māori
EnglishNew Zealand Sign Language
New Zealand/Official languages
According to the 2013 Census, English and Te Reo Māori are the most widely spoken languages in New Zealand. However, as Table 1 shows, in 2013 there far more people speaking English (3,819,969 people or 90 per cent of the total population) than Te Reo Māori (148,395 people or 3 per cent of the population).

Should I learn Māori?

Learning te reo Māori helps students to grow as learners. They discover more ways of learning, more ways of knowing, and more about their own capabilities. They may become more reflective as they compare what they know of their first language with what they are learning in te reo Māori. They learn how to learn.

What is Māori for white?

Pakeha is a Maori term for white people, especially New Zealanders of European descent.

How did Māori communicate?

There was no written word; therefore, they communicated through symbolism. The detailing in carvings, knots and weavings were the way Māori recorded stories; while traditional songs and dances shared the myths and folklore of their ancestors.

Was speaking Māori illegal?

The Native Schools Act 1867 required instruction in English where practicable, and while there was no official policy banning children from speaking Māori, many, were physically punished. It was a policy of assimilation, and while phased out in the 20th century, the ramifications have been felt for generations.

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