Thursday, 17 May 2018

Te Kura Tuatahi

Did you know that the Māori language came close to being forgotten? The Margaret Mahy reading group read Te Kura Tuatahi with a focus on important changes during the 1970's. Here's what Kiki and Tvisha thought.
Less than 5% Maori could speak their own language in 1975

Important changes were made to help save te reo like opening a kōhanga reo in 1982, they even built a kura kaupapa (Māori language school) three years later. Without that happening, people wouldn't be able speak Te Reo now. There are Māori people even  reclaiming cultural practices like playing Māori musical instruments and traditional healing. I think that if Missionaries had provided education in both English and Māori the language wouldn’t have diluted and Māori wouldn’t have had to build a Māori language school in the first place. KiKi

Maori were concerned about the survival of Te Reo so they decided to open the first kura kaupapa ( Maori Language School ) to save Te Reo. Maori wanted to do this because they didn’t like the thought of their language getting lost or forgotten. In 1913 over 90% of Maori school children could speak their language, a number that had plummeted to less than 5% by 1975.
Today Maori are reclaiming many cultural practices including ta moko, taonga puoro ( musical instruments ) and ongoa (healing). I think that if the first schools were in English and Maori, Maori would have known that  it was just as important to learn Te Reo. Tvisha

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