During te wiki o te reo Māori, events were held up and down the country to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Māori language week. It was in 1972 that Māori language advocate groups march on parliament for the recognition of the reo, on the 14 September.
It wasn’t until 1987 that Te Reo Māori became and official language of Aotearoa, alongside te reo Pākeha and te reo rotarota (sign language).
Kōhanga reo was established in 1982 and been attributed by Te Kupenga (NZ Statistics) as one of the key factors. It also makes connection that households with children, and those who participate in their culture were twice as likely to speak Te Reo.
Te Purapura o te Kuaka were part of the community celebrations of Te wiki o te Reo in Papakura. Invited by the kaiwhakahaere Raniera Kingi, of their local library, it was an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate Te Reo.
We spoke to Raniera Kingi, Kaiwhakahaere Māori mō te Whare pukapuka o Papakura.
Ko te kaupapa, ko te reo, ki te whakatairanga i te reo kia kaha ake te reo. Kia kite anō ngā tamariki nohinohi anei anō he whare mā koutou, nau mau, kuhu mai rapuhia tā koutou hiahia.
Ahakoa 40 tekau tau tātou e whakanui ana i tō tātou me kaha tonu tātou, ahakoa iti tō tātou reo, mēna hiahia ki te ako ki a kaha tātou ki te whāngai atu, ahakoa pakeha mai, hainamana mai kia mōhio tātou ki te ataahua o tō tātou reo Māori.
Mō mātou o Papakura ki Tāmaki Makaurau, kahore kau mātou e rereke ki ētahi atu wāhi, ka karanga mātou ki te hunga o te hāpori, ko ētahi ka hara mai, ko ētahi kahore e puta, engari ko te mea nui ki a au he toro ki a rātou.
Kua tae mai ngā kura tuatahi, kua tae mai hoki ngā Kōhanga reo, ka mutu kei ngā kura tuarua te wahanga whakamutunga, hei whakakapi i tō tātou nei kaupapa. Ko tāku he hari, he hari i te mea Kāre koe e kite ana i ngā Kōhanga reo ki ēnei momo whare. kia tuwhera ngā tatau ki te kātoa, katahi ano ngā Kōhanga reo ka tae mai nō reira nui te hari.