For almost five years Te Reo Irirangi o Maniapoto, also known as MFM Te Reo o te Iwi, have been the official guardian and driver of Te Rautaki Reo a Te Nehenehenui, the Ngāti Maniapoto Language Revitalisation Strategy. On Tuesday (27th April) the Rautaki Reo was formally returned to the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (MMTB).
The Rautaki Reo was initiated by the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board in 2009 to revitalise the language and dialect of Ngāti Maniapoto. The 2006 Statistics New Zealand showed at that time that only 27% of our people of the Ngāti Maniapoto population were able to converse in te reo Māori about everyday things, which was a decline of 3% since the 2001 Census.
MMTB Chief Executive, Cadence Kaumoana said the vision of the Rautaki is for te reo Māori to be the prominent language in Ngāti Maniapoto by 2070.
“Our organisation was pleased in 2016 when MFM accepted to lead out in the Rautaki Reo and a handover was had at the biennial Te Kawau Māro Hui ā-iwi to formalise MFM as the official guardian and driver of the Rautaki Reo”.
“Through funding from Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (National Māori Language Commission) in 2017 and Te Mātāwai (National Organisation for Te Reo Māori Revitalisation initiatives) in recent years, MFM has done a magnificent job leading out in reo revitalisation initiatives both on-air and in the wider community. Those initiatives included a review of the Rautaki Reo, building an online repository for waiata and te reo o Ngāti Maniapoto, facilitating quarterly reo advisory group meetings and hosting tribal wānanga reo at the Ōtorohanga College Hostel” says Ms. Kaumoana.
MFM General Manager, Rāniera Winikerei stated that since 2016, there have been developments in the way Radio engage with on-air listenership locally and abroad.
“As such, our team assessed the current work flow of our core business and identified MMTB as the catalyst to advance the next phases of the Rautaki Reo hence the return on Tuesday” said Mr. Winikerei.
In May and June, MFM and MMTB will collaboratively lead Kuratahi, which is the amalgamation of the fourth Wānanga Reo since conception and the inaugural Wānanga Paepae at Te Wharekura o Maniapoto, Oparure. For more information regarding Wānanga Reo, head to the MFM Te Reo o te Iwi Facebook page.
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