Radio Te Ūpoko o te Ika: Archived, digitised and broadcast to the world
Celebrate te wiki o te reo Māori with us. The theme for 2018 is Kia Kaha te Reo Māori — 'Strength for an endangered language comes from its status, people being aware of how to support revitalisation, people acquiring and using it and from the language having the right words and terms to be used well for any purpose.'
- Date: Tuesday, 11 September, 2018
12:10pm to 1:30pm
Free. Booking is not required.
Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon
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Preserving the life of O Te Ūpoko O Te Ika radio station
Reel-to-reel, cassettes, floppy disks, digital audio tape, CDs, you name it — the life of O Te Upoko O Te Ika radio station was preserved on all manner of formats. In 2007, Te Reo Irirangi O Te Upoko O Te Ika Trust donated over two thousand of these interviews recorded between 1982-1995, to become one of the Alexander Turnbull Library’s biggest collections: Te Upoko O Te Ika Sound Recordings: Ref: OHColl-0937
Hundreds of these interviews were conducted and broadcast in the interviewees’ first language, Te Reo. The voices of Radio Te Upoko O Te Ika are a storehouse of politics and culture unique to Aotearoa New Zealand and a treasure illuminating the depth and diversity of Te Reo Māori.
Making the preserved life available to the public
In 2015, the Te Reo Irirangi o Te Ūpoko o Te Ika Trust and the Alexander Turnbull Library began working to make this archive of music and conversational and formal Māori language recordings available to the public online and on its ground floor audio pods.
Thanks to the vision and tireless effort of Piripi Walker and the Trustees and staff of Te Reo Irirangi o Te Ūpoko o Te Ika Trust, National Library’s Richard McIntosh and the staff of Digital New Zealand and the Alexander Turnbull Library the collection continues to be digitised and remastered for full public access.
About the speakers
Piripi Walker — veteran Māori broadcaster managed Te Ūpoko o te Ika Radio Station for its first three years (1987 – 1991) and was a Māori negotiator for the Māori Broadcasting Treaty Claims.
Richard McIntosh — is part of the Kaiārahi and Learning teams in Public Programmes (National Library) focussing on He Tohu and Treaty education. His interest in the ‘revolutionary’ potential for learners of our national language drove his determination to initiate and lead the public access project.
Tāina McGregor — Alexander Turnbull Library’s Oral Historian Māori in Outreach Services travels the country meeting with iwi to discuss their collections. Her role entails providing iwi with oral history workshops and invaluable support to record and preserve their tāonga. Tāina worked closely with Piripi and the Te Reo Irirangi o Te Ūpoko o Te Ika Trust to bring the archive into the ATL Collection.