Te reo Maori has been celebrated in Wellington, marking the 50th anniversary of a turning point for New Zealand’s indigenous language.
New Zealand reflects on te reo language journey
Thousands of New Zealanders have gathered in Wellington to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a petition that saved the Maori language.
On Wednesday, Kiwis flocked to parliament to celebrate the indigenous language – te reo Maori – being brought back from the brink.
Te reo is increasingly commonplace in Aotearoa, and is widely used in songs, news and weather forecasts, advertising and branding, going far beyond the well-known greeting of kia ora.
Te reo was in widespread use among Maori even through the tumult of the 19th century, but by the end of World War II, government policy had swung decidedly in favour of English.