Te Reo Maori

Should Te Reo be compulsory?
Should Te Reo be compulsory?

Being bi-lingual would be "a real added advantage" to young Kiwis, says Dame Susan Devoy.

Kerre McIvor: Sunny outlook as long as you don't speak 'Mowri' on air

Some sections of society seem to have done an Alice in Wonderland down the rabbit hole this week. One minute, they were…

Dita De Boni: Book cuts revive zombie warning

Last year, two notable New Zealand economists warned of dire consequences if our regional economies were allowed to run…

Te reo no longer silenced

Several generations ago, children who dared to speak te reo Maori at school were cruelly silenced.

Yvonne Tahana

Mahuika was a rock for his people Mahuika was a rock for his people

There's a famous Ngati Porou saying that the tribe's…

Hawaii: Hollywood's darling Hawaii: Hollywood's darling

Kualoa's mountain ranges are a scene-stealer, writes…

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Tariana Turia: It's time to restore the 'h' in Whanganui
Tariana Turia: It's time to restore the 'h' in Whanganui

Last Friday, Whanganui District Health Board members voted 9-2 to spell the name of their hospital correctly as Whanganui…

Speaking up for languages in schools

Learning another tongue should be compulsory in New Zealand schools if languages are to stop being the "poor cousin" within…

Maori names for volcanic cones
Maori names for volcanic cones

Many of Auckland's volcanic cones, including those at the Domain and Mt Smart, have gained official Maori names under a…

Deeply sorry over 'kia ora'
Deeply sorry over 'kia ora'

The chief executive of the KiwiYo company says he is deeply sorry that a Whangarei teenager quit her job after she was told…

Te Reo Maori

Teen quits after boss bans 'kia ora'
Teen quits after boss bans 'kia ora'

A Whangarei teenager has quit her first job after being ticked off for welcoming customers into a city…

Bob Jones: Forcing te reo on children is a waste

Periodically we're subject to collective hysterias, led by the media in unison with relevant bureaucrats, single-issue lobbyists…

Hopes for 'apopo' in weather forecast

The Maori Language Commission says that it has approached TVNZ, TV3 and the MetService about using the Maori word for "tomorrow"…

Sibling rivalry in news

Te reo has paved the way for careers in journalism for two sets of Kiwi siblings who work on opposing Maori news shows.

Mac and Ron put accent on spelling
Mac and Ron put accent on spelling

Mac and Ron are on a linguistic and historic mission to right Maori spelling and pronunciation howlers…

Nikau, Aria take lead in names

Nikau remains the most popular name for Maori boys born last year while Aria takes the top spot for girls from Maia.

Peter Calder: Half an hour a week of te reo is a gift no one should refuse

Imagine your local school was offering a programme that increased children's understanding of language and their ability…

Few non-Maori pick language for study at secondary school

Only 4 per cent of non-Maori secondary school students are learning te reo Maori, the latest figures show.

Scammers use te reo ploy
Scammers use te reo ploy

Scammers are renewing an old con by using te reo Maori in bogus emails, but tech and language experts…

Bill 'about giving decisions back to iwi'

A new bill that will change how te reo Maori is safeguarded will have its first reading in Parliament today.

Pita Sharples: A te reo strategy for, by and of the people

Today, Pita Sharples will carry out the first reading of the new Maori Language Bill 2014 in Parliament.

Unmangling te reo

Ten years ago, Pita Sharples - now Minister of Maori Affairs - said he wanted to see an end to mangled te reo words used…

Editorial: Protecting te reo
Editorial: Protecting te reo

The curriculum in New Zealand schools is "compulsory" and nobody minds - until it is suggested that…

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