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Thu 26 Jul 2012, 6:00pm–7:00pm

Where: Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Gate 2B, Knighton Rd, University of Waikato, Hamilton, Waikato

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Chris Armstrong

The revitalisation of te reo comes under the spotlight at a free public lecture run by the University of Waikato as part of Māori Language Week.

Associate Professor Winnie Crombie from the School of Māori and Pacific Development's and Dr Richard Benton, an honorary Professor at Te Piringa - Faculty of Law will address the the issue of the revitalisation of te reo - what have we achieved and has New Zealand done enough?

Dr Crombie will discuss the fact that a language dies around the world every two weeks and consider how this impacts on biodiversity loss.

Dr Crombie, whose talk is entitled Te Reo Māori: Towards Global Citizenship for all of our Children, says saving te reo will pay dividends for the likes of inbound tourism and benefits children who can then more easily learn other languages.

Meanwhile Dr Benton will consider how much New Zealand has advanced in saving the language since he gave a Māori Language Day address 40 years ago. "Using that as a baseline, I will look at what we have or haven't achieved in this space - where are we headed now? Where should we be heading?"

Dr Benton has lectured extensively nationally and internationally on language policy, bilingual education - with a focus on the status of local and international languages in education and government.

The theme of Māori Language Week is Arohatia te reo/Cherish the language.

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