COMMENT

The right to language is a fundamental human right. It is also integral to enjoying other core human rights associated with culture, identity, freedom and dignity. For indigenous peoples, denial of the right to language has often gone hand in hand with other human rights violations such as confiscation of land, suppression of culture and denial of self-determination.

Ko te reo te hā, te mauri o te Māoritanga - the language is the very life-breath of Māori culture.

Languages play a significant role in our lives. They connect us to our cultural identities, carry our values and stories and

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