In acknowledging the diverse Māori language activity and research, NPM and Te Mātāwai partnered to co-host an important te reo Māori symposium at the Otago Museum, Dunedin, on the 8th and 9th of October. Led and organised by NPM Programme Leaders and University of Otago academics Dr Tangiwai Rewi and Dr Gianna Leoni, this research event was focused specifically on Māori language revitalisation initiatives and brought together Māori language leaders, researchers, community practitioners, evaluators and data experts to share their current insights and knowledge on reo ūkaipō and reo ūkaiawatea.
The symposium complemented wider discussions about what Te Mātāwai, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga and extended research networks are considering as we all contribute towards giving best effect to Māori language revitalisation through the Maihi Māori (Māori Language strategy) Kia ūkaipō anō te reo, and further across Te Whare o te Reo Mauriora, the symbolic partnership between Māori and the Crown to promote the knowledge and use of te reo Māori.
Speakers over the two days included Professor Linda Waimarie Nikora, Associate Professors' Anne-Marie Jackson and Te Taka Keegan, Dr Dean Mahuta, Dr Awanui Te Huia and Tai Ahu, Dr Ruakere Hond, Dr Haki Tuaupiki and many more. The many insights and learnings from this event are being further analysed and will inform strategy to build on past and present initiatives and successes to support the flourishing of te reo Māori in the years ahead.