9 Sep 2019

Ōtaki on way to becoming a reo rua or bilingual

From First Up, 5:18 am on 9 September 2019

Ko Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori - it's Māori language week, and while many people are being encouraged to give te reo Māori a go for the first time, the language is just a normal part of life in one Kapiti Coast town. The government wants to get one million New Zealanders speaking basic Te Reo Māori by 2040, and one strategy is to encourage towns and cities to become bilingual. The Kapiti Coast town of Ōtaki is already on its way to becoming reo rua, or bilingual, but it hasn't always been that way, as the head of Te Wananga o Raukawa, Mereana Selby told our reporter Meriana Johnsen.