Story: Te reo Māori – the Māori language

Maori Language Act 1987

This clip from Te Karere highlights the passing of the Maori Language Act 1987. The item notes that there were three main parts of the act: to make te reo Māori an official language, to allow te reo to be used in legal proceedings and to establish the Māori Language Commission (Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori) to advocate for te reo. Minister for Māori Affairs Koro Wetere notes that the chiefly language from the ancestors, te reo Māori, has had its mana recognised with New Zealand. He also refers to the founding commissioners of the Māori Language Commission, Timoti Karetu, Katerina Mataira, Anita Moke, Kingi Matutaera Ihaka and Ray Harlow.

About this item

TVNZ Television New Zealand

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Rawinia Higgins and Basil Keane, 'Te reo Māori – the Māori language - The Māori language', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/41059/maori-language-act-1987 (accessed 27 March 2017)

Story by Rawinia Higgins and Basil Keane, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Sep 2015