This week on Te Reo Rangahau Professor Taiarahia Black revisits rangahau and reo Maori. As he puts it these key components allows our language to continue to be fostered and passed on to our mokopuna.

Tai also notes a recent purchase of the book New Zealands Lost Heritage by James Wolfe which he purchased while in Wellington. One feature is about Hiona, a building that once stood below the Maungapohatu mountain range, where Rua Kenana and his followers lived an independent lifestyle.

A concern he feels the book highlights is that our elders did not allow information of ourselves to be taught. Professor Black believes the consequences of that now sees our generation scrambling to research our very own history and customs which if we don’t teach our mokopuna history and heritage will be lost too.

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