Mana wahine and te reo revitalisation
Events for Wāhine: Beyond the dusky maiden, a exhibition that acknowledges and celebrates the mana of Māori women. Includes film screenings at Ngā Taonga.
- Date: Wednesday, 19 July, 2017
12.10pm to 1.00pm
Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets
- Contact Details:
For more information, email ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz
Wāhine Māori have always been at the forefront of Māori language revitalisation. From founding movements like Kōhanga Reo and Te Ataarangi to the nannies who keep the fires burning at our marae. Now the next generation of wāhine Māori are taking up the mantle of language revitalisation. Come and hear Professor Rawinia Higgins kōrero about the role of wāhine in Te Reo revitalisation.
About the speaker
Professor Rawinia Higgins (Ngāi Tūhoe) was appointed Te Tumu Ahurei (Māori) / Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Māori) of Victoria University of Wellington in 2016. Her research expertise is Māori language revitalisation and, more specifically, language planning and policy.
Professor Higgins is a member of the Waitangi Tribunal, a board member of Te Mātāwai, Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga (Māori Centre of Research Excellence), and is the Deputy Chair of the Māori Knowledge and Development PBRF portfolio.
In 2015, the Minister for Māori Development appointed her chair of the review of the Māori Language Bill and she helped shape the legislation enacted in April 2016. Te Mātāwai was created as part of the new legislation and governs The Māori Language Strategy dedicated to whānau, hapū, iwi and Māori communities.
Dr Rawinia Higgins.