On October 20th, 2019, Fab Feathy facilitated a community forum titled “Ka Mua, Ka Muri: Looking Back & Moving Forward.” During this forum, members of the Featherston community acknowledged the need to support, develop, and meaningfully celebrate Tangata Whenua and Te Ao Māori within the Featherston community.
After this forum, mana whenua Sophronia Smith (who was at the time a Fab Feathy kaiwhakarato) met with local whānau to develop a plan.
This plan included research on Te Reo Māori use in Featherston. Fab Feathy contracted Reo Rua back in 2020 to undertake this research project on behalf of the Pae Tū Mōkai community. The scope of this research included the current use of Te Reo Māori here in Pae Tū Mōkai, to understand who is championing the language and how te reo can be supported to flourish further.
This resource was created in consultation with schools, families, businesses, community groups, and wider (South) Wairarapa marae and whānau.
Hītori – Te Horopaki – the wider history and context of Te Reo Māori in Aotearoa
1807 was the first attempt at a Te Reo orthography
1816 First missionary school est. Thomas Kendall – English curriculum, Te Reo instruction
1842 Te Karere o Niu Tireni – name of the first Māori language newspaper
1840 Te Tiriti o Waitangi
1845 – 1872 NZ Land Wars
1847 Education Ordinance Act – English instruction, law meant only English as language of instruction/teaching in schools
1867 Native Schools Act, law meant that NO Te Reo could be spoken at all in and around NZ schools
1896 Total Māori population (decline): 42,113
1920-60 Less males (because of the world wars) and Urbanisation
1972-75 Ngā Tamatoa and Te Reo Māori Society Māori Language petition, first Māori Language Week, Whakatupuranga Rua Mano initiative
1978 Ruātoki Bilingual School (First)
1982 First Kōhanga Reo – Wainuiomata
1985 first Kura Kaupapa Māori – Hoani Waititi
1987 Māori Language Act, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo, Te Ūpoko o te Ika radio station – law meant that Te Reo Māori was officially recognized as an official language of NZ; both socially and in the legal system
1993 Te Māngai Pāhō
2004 Māori TV
2008 ‘Te Reo’ channel
- Te Kura Whakarauora
- Kōhanga Reo – Ngāti Hāmua, Wāhi Reka, Hine-Tearorangi
- Rangitāne Education Website
- ‘Origins’ books by Joseph Potangaroa
- How to Bring a Language to Life | Dr Ruakere Hond | TEDxNewPlymouth