Killing Te Reo Māori: what future is there for our indigenous language?

04 May 2018

Prestige Lecture Series 2018 with Professor Paul Moon, Tuesday 22nd May 4.30pm

  • Professor Paul Moon

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For the last half-century there has been an increasing number and range of initiatives aimed at revitalising Te Reo Māori. Yet, we are now confronted with the fact that despite the combined efforts of experts over this period, the language appears to be more endangered now than at any other time. If Te Reo Māori is lost, irreversible damage to Māori culture would result. Therefore, a sense of urgency is critical if a shift in the trends related to key aspects of the language’s revitalisation is to occur. Ultimately, what is needed is a more radical approach in order to save Te Reo Māori.

In January this year, Paul Moon published a monograph on this issue, resulting in a storm of controversy.  In this talk, he will discuss the main arguments in his monograph, and address some of the critics who have tried to silence him.

Professor Paul Moon is Head of the School of History at Auckland University of Technology, and is the author of several acclaimed books on aspects of New Zealand history. He specialises in the philosophies of British colonisation during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and is currently working on a major biography of James Busby, the British Resident to New Zealand in the 1830s.