Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori: Pay Te Reo speakers a premium

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori: Newsroom speaks to three wahine toa on tikanga Māori and their journey with Te Reo over the years.

Tenēi rā : Dr Sophie Tauwehe Tamati


Watch the video interview with Dr Tamati in the video player above


In part one, Leading educationist Dr Sophie Tauwehe Tamati says employers should pay Te Reo speakers a premium.

Rewarding bilingual employees would be good for business and good for fostering the Māori language, she says.

Sophie, a senior lecturer in Education at the University of Auckland, invented Hika – a mobile phone app that translates English into Māori.

Mark Jennings speaks to Sophie about why she thinks Te Reo is starting to flourish as a language, and why Māori language week should be expanded.

Āpōpō: Terri-Leigh Tuhakaraina-Bennetts

Part two: Newsroom speaks to high school Te Reo teacher Terri-Leigh Tuhakaraina-Bennetts, who grew up in Gore with little exposure to Māori culture and language.

At 19, she began learning Te Reo, and now teaches the subject to secondary school students in Christchurch.

The young mother talks about her decision to learn Te Reo, and the importance of passing on her reo to her one-year-old son Hapai.

Rāmere: Ophir Cassidy

Part three: Family court lawyer Ophir Cassidy spent most of her childhood in Australia.

At 16, she returned to Auckland to live with her whānau, and finish her schooling years at South Auckland’s then-Ngā Tapuwae College.

Hailing from a family of proud Māori educators, Ophir’s reintroduction into the country involved intensive Te Reo learning – with her uncle even enrolling her in adult night classes, ensuring every opportunity to improve was available.  

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