Story: Te reo Māori – the Māori language

Tū Tāngata Wānanga Whakatauira, 1981

Tū Tāngata Wānanga Whakatauira, 1981

Māori leaders assemble at the Tū Tāngata Wānanga Whakatauira, held in the legislative chambers at Parliament in July 1981. The event was organised by the Māori Affairs Department under the leadership of Kara Puketapu. The tū tāngata (stance of the people) philosophy sought to promote the success of Māori as a proud people who stood tall within their culture. One of the most important initiatives to come out of Tū Tāngata was the kōhanga reo (language-learning nest) movement.

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Rawinia Higgins and Basil Keane, 'Te reo Māori – the Māori language - Revitalising te reo, 1970s and 1980s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/41084/tu-tangata-wananga-whakatauira-1981 (accessed 19 March 2019)

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