Māori language week
Since the arrival of Pākehā, Māori language has suffered from the throes of colonisation. The indigenous language has spent many years suppressed in schools and communities, with reports from the 1980s of Māori being punished for speaking te reo in public. This week marks Māori language week, a chance to pause and draw from our fractured past, and look towards tomorrow. Although technology has largely promoted English as the dominant global language, it has also helped strengthen indigenous languages. We shed light on a few examples where technology has helped revive te reo Māori and are sure to make Don Brash wheeze.