Story: Te reo Māori – the Māori language



This 1835 painting shows groups of French sailors fishing with Māori assistance on beach at Kororāreka (later Russell) in the Bay of Islands. A group of Māori appear to be in negotiations with French in the foreground. Both Māori and Pākehā played key roles as interpreters when trading with each other.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: B-098-005
Artwork by Barthelemy Lauvergne

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Rawinia Higgins and Basil Keane, 'Te reo Māori – the Māori language - The spread of English, 1840s to 1900', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 April 2024)

Story by Rawinia Higgins and Basil Keane, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Sep 2015