Even though the Māori language obtained official language status some 27 years ago, Māori are still expending energy to revitalise and normalise the language within Aotearoa New Zealand. The challenge for Māori is to win the hearts and minds of mainstream New Zealanders, now and in the future to understand the enormous value of the language to the nation across the board – in education and media, in tourism and the broader economy, and to culture and society.
This book brings together a set of annual reviews of Māori issues written between 1994 and 2009 for the University of Hawai‘i Contemporary Pacific journal. It places on record a Māori view of events and issues that took place over these years that had a direct impact on Māori; issues that have been more typically reported to the general public from a ‘mainstream’ media perspective. It documents the increasing determination of Māori to assert our rights as indigenous people of New Zealand over this 15-year period.
Published in collaboration with Huia Publishers at the end of 2011 is the first volume of the Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Edited Collections Series, Māori and Social Issues co-edited by Dr Tracey McIntosh and Malcolm Mulholland. This book is the first in a series of edited collections that will look at Māori research in areas that are critical for Māori and for broader society.