• Maranga Mai!: Te Reo & Marae in Crisis

    Maranga Mai!: Te Reo & Marae in Crisis
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    ISBN: 9781869408053
    Title: Maranga Mai!: Te Reo & Marae in Crisis
    Author: KAWHARU MERATA

    From the time of the Maori renaissance of the 1970s and 1980s, Maori made huge efforts to reinvigorate te reo and the life of marae as the twin cornerstones of Maori identity. Maori television and radio stations were set up, the Maori Language Commission established and kohanga reo, kura kaupapa and wananga emerged. Old marae gained new coats of paint and new marae were established on sites ranging from urban university campuses to rural communities. But have the efforts really worked? Now, in 2013, are te reo and marae in crisis? The number of children in kohanga reo is down 34 per cent from its peak. Only 15 per cent of Maori children are attending Maori-medium schooling. And fewer and fewer people are participating in marae activities. Without a living language spoken regularly on the marae, what is the future for Maori culture? Focusing on Tai Tokerau, the northern region of New Zealand, as a case study but with conclusions applicable across the country, the leading Maori scholars and elders in Maranga Mai! call for their people to wake up to these challenges. Through stories and statistics, demography and policy, they identify the key issues and pose potential solutions

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
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