Story: Māori radio – reo irirangi

Wiremu Parker

In 1943 Wiremu (Bill) Parker (of Ngāti Porou) became New Zealand's first Māori news broadcaster. In this recording from 1946 he describes the ceremonies in Wellington to welcome the 28th (Māori) Battalion back home after the Second World War. Parker was nationally known and respected for his command of both the Māori and English languages. He remained involved in Māori broadcasting until his death in 1986, while also working as a lecturer in adult education, and a teacher and translator of Māori.

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Reference: Patrick Day, The radio years. Auckland: Auckland University Press, 1994, p.317

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Piripi Walker, 'Māori radio – reo irirangi - First decades of Māori radio', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/speech/42954/wiremu-parker (accessed 18 November 2019)

Story by Piripi Walker, published 22 Oct 2014