31 Jul 2015

Te Waonui a Te Manu Korihi for week ending 31 July 2015

From Te Manu Korihi, 9:00 pm on 31 July 2015

Activists fighting for support and recognition of the Maori language say while progress has been made over the last 40-years, much more is needed;When kuia and kaumatua say that Maori language vowels are 'not pronounced like they used to be', they'd be right - over the years their sound has changed dramatically;Some Te Reo experts are challenging the idea that Maori is a dying language;An Australian Aboriginal asbestos removal company is looking at expanding its business into New Zealand and offering employment to tangata whenua;The Maori Development Minister says he doesn't want to police the pronounciation of Te Reo in Parliament this week, but people should be making an effort;Three leading Maori authors will be used to support recently bereaved whanau in a unique pilot project;The Maori broadcasting world was in mourning this week after the sudden death of high profile TVNZ broadcaster, Anzac Pikia.