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A Respository of Knowledge: Maatauranga Maori

The purpose of this project is to create a repository of knowledge for all information identified as mātauranga Māori. Having this knowledge recorded and collected within the Sustainable Seas
Challenge will help identify where mātauranga Māori has been used to integrate with other knowledge frameworks, and how it contributed to the distinctive products, processes, systems and services of the Challenge. Other factors that would be captured:
• The source of the mātauranga Māori (who the knowledge came from).

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An A-Wh of Māori Grammar and Usage

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A number of pioneering studies that focused on semantic-based descriptions of the English language have made a profound impact on its teaching and learning for more useful and meaningful pedagogic and communicative purposes in second language education. This has led to the production of English grammar and usage books that were published in the 1980s. However, this has not been the case with the Māori language. I believe there is a critical need for a similar book to meet the demands of a growing population who want to teach and learn te reo in our changing society.

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He rito whakakīnga whārua: Language value and development in communities

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Even after 30 years of Māori language revitalisation movements, the Māori language continues to be in a perilous state. Despite these efforts there is no one method that can stem the decline as societal factors still impact adversely on language development. The most successful Māori language revitalisation movements are those located at the ‘flax-roots’ level.  However, as highlighted in the Pre-publication of the Waitangi Tribunal’s WAI 262 Report, there are a number of factors that have eroded Māori language revitalisation movements since the mid 1990s.

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Kia Areare ki ngā Reo o ngā Tīpuna – Revitalising the Maori Language Using Archival Recordings

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Despite an increase in the number of people speaking Maori today, the quality of the language being used has declined as the number of native-speakers of Maori language has declined. This seminar is about a research project based on twenty hour-long recordings from Radio Kahungunu featuring two elderly women conversing in the Maori language. The rationale behind the project is to use the recorded voices of elders to help revitalise the Maori language.

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