Māori Programme. Māori Language Day

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Tono kōrero mai

Hoani Ropata presents a programme on Māori Language Day, which was celebrated throughout New Zealand on 14th September 1972.
['Popo' by Hiruharama School is played underneath many of the interviews.]

Ted Nepia, broadcaster and lecturer at Wellington Teacher's College; Koro Dewes of Victoria University[ in te reo Maori]; Pae Ruha, Correspondence School teacher; and the late kaumatua Te Kani Te Ua, OBE talk [in both te reo and English] about te reo Māori and what Maoritanga means to them.

In Hamilton, politician and Teacher's College history lecturer Bruce Beetham spoke about the 'brown power' movement among young Māori and the reasons why it has grown as a result of disillusion at official policies. He calls for greater recognition of te reo Māori.

A petition concerning the Māori language was presented at Parliament -
David Broughton [Rawiri Paratene] of Ngā Tamatoa is heard making a speech in te reo outside Parliament. He is National Co-ordinator for Māori Language Day.

Other speakers included Te O Uenuku Rene - excerpts of his speech addressing Māori M.P.s is heard.

Chris Anderson of NZBC Current Affairs interviews Hana Jackson and Rangi Nicholson about the petition. They both talk about the need for wider teaching of te reo and call for the government to do more and for the NZBC to give more time to te reo Māori programming.

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Year 1972

Reference number 45731

Media type AUDIO

Collection Sound Collection

Credits Ropata, Hoani Te Aorangi, Presenter
Nepia, Ted, Speaker/Kaikōrero
Ruha, Pae, 1931-2011, Speaker/Kaikōrero
Beetham, Bruce Craig, 1936-1997, Speaker/Kaikōrero
Paratene, Rawiri, Speaker/Kaikōrero
Rēne, Te Ō Uenuku, Speaker/Kaikōrero
Te Hemara, Hana, Interviewee
Nicholson, Rangi, Interviewee
Anderson, Chris, Interviewer
Dewes, Koro, Speaker/Kaikōrero
Te Ua, Te Kani, Speaker/Kaikōrero

Duration 00:27:00

Date 27 Sep 1972