International Year of Indigenous Languages

Ko 2019 Te Tau o Ngā Reo Taketake o Te Ao. He kohinga nui ā Ngā Taonga kei roto i te reo Māori me ētahi reo o Te Moananui-a-Kiwa. Tūhurahia ā mātou whakaaturanga, tirohia ngā taonga kei tā mātou rārangi ipurangi.

2019 is the United Nations’ International Year of Indigenous Languages. Their site notes that language is essential as

“a tool for communication, education, social integration and development, but also as a repository for each person’s unique identity, cultural history, traditions and memory. But despite their immense value, languages around the world continue to disappear at an alarming rate. The Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL) aims to raise awareness of them, not only to benefit the people who speak these languages, but also for others to appreciate the important contribution they make to our world’s rich cultural diversity.”

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision holds many recordings of te reo Māori, as well as smaller amounts of Pasifika languages. Explore the catalogue to search for a specific item, or see what we have available by using one of the following links:

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