Story: Te reo Māori – the Māori language

Petition for Māori television

Petition for Māori television

Students from Mount Cook school in Wellington meet Te Reo Māori society patron Hēmi Pōtatau (Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Rākaipaaka) in June 1978. Pōtatau holds a petition calling for the establishment of a Māori television production unit. Māori language use in broadcasting became one of the key battlegrounds for Māori in the late 20th century.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1978/2230/7

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Rawinia Higgins and Basil Keane, 'Te reo Māori – the Māori language - Language decline, 1900 to 1970s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 April 2024)

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