Story: Māori radio – reo irirangi

Hēmi Pōtatau

Hēmi Pōtatau

Hēmi Pōtatau (of Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Rākaipaaka) was a Presbyterian minister and national advocate for the preservation of the Māori language. He was a patron of the Te Reo Māori society which was responsible for the te reo claim to the Waitangi Tribunal.  Much of the development in Māori radio can be traced back to the success of the te reo claim.  He is seen here in 1978 discussing with children from Wellington's Mount Cook School a petition to set up a Māori television production unit, a campaign that was ultimately successful.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1978/2230/7-F
Photograph by Ross Giblin

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Piripi Walker, 'Māori radio – reo irirangi - First iwi radio station', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/42968/hemi-potatau (accessed 19 July 2019)

Story by Piripi Walker, published 22 Oct 2014