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My Language, My Inspiration


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My Language, My Inspiration – By Chris Winitana

MY LANGUAGE, MY INSPIRATION details the concerted efforts of Māori to ensure the survival of the Māori language and bring it out of the shadows and into the world of light. From the petition for the Māori language in 1972 up to 2008, it describes the events that led to the revitalisation of the Māori language and interviews the people who were central to the revival.

Format: This book is a Paper back.

Language: This book is written in English

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My Language, My Inspiration traces the journey between 1972 and 2008 to revitalise the Māori language. The book outlines the determined struggle to bring the Māori language back from the brink, provide interviews with two dozen people who were active in the fight for the Māori language and include photographs of key events and people. 

The history explores the reasons for the decline of the language and charts its resurgence over the last four decades through initiatives such as Waitangi Tribunal claims, the petition and march for the Māori language and the development of the Rākau method of learning, and the establishment of institutions such as kōhanga reo, the Māori Broadcasting Authority and Māori Television.


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