Story: Māori–Pākehā relations

Bilingual education

Bilingual education

In the 1970s a decline in the number of people speaking the Māori language coincided with the rise of educated and determined young Māori professionals. They pushed for resources and systems to revive the language. Bilingual units, in which Māori is taught through full immersion, were developed in several schools. Here Nan Bella, teaching assistant at the bilingual unit in Waiwhetū School, Lower Hutt, teaches pronunciation in 1991. Bella grew up in Ruatōria on the East Coast, spoke only Māori at home, and did not fully learn to speak English until she was 21.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1991/2155/3-F
Photograph by Mark Coote

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Mark Derby, 'Māori–Pākehā relations - Māori renaissance', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 September 2021)

Story by Mark Derby, published 5 May 2011