How great it is to see the growth of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori each and every year. While we try to use te reo Māori as much as we can as part of our every day, this week kaimahi have particularly enjoyed celebrating the beauty of our reo Māori.
It was also timely to this week announce our emcee for Whānau Ora Symposium – Ngahiwi Apanui. Ngahiwi (Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau a-Apanui, Ngāti Hine) is a te reo champion, musician, radio broadcaster, educationalist and the current Chief Executive of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori – The Māori Language Commission. His tenure at the commission has been underpinned by manaakitanga – caring for new and potential learners of te reo, taunaki – using evidence to inform the commission’s approach, and whakawhanaungatanga – using commonalities as the basis for the inclusion of all New Zealanders in te reo Māori revitalisation.
Prior to joining Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, Ngahiwi was Deputy Director Māori at Ako Aotearoa, a Board member of the NZ Music Commission, Station Manager at Radio Ngāti Porou and a member of Ngā Kaiwhakapūmau i te Reo.
We feel very honoured to have Ngahiwi with us at Symposium 2023 and already know he will be a crowd favourite. Ngahiwi and I have known each other for more than 10 years and when he agreed to be the emcee and found out that Matua Pati Umaga was also attending, he regaled me with stories about their friendship. It was a reminder of the small world we live in.
This year’s symposium will include both guest speakers and expert panellists spread across a wide range of topics. This week, we take the opportunity to introduce our Whānau Hauā Ora and Rangatahi panellists.
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