Actor embrace challenge to learn native language

  • Te Whanganui-ā-Tara

Ko te kiritakune o te kiriata Hunt for the Wilderpeople, ko Julian Dennison tērā e whakakanohi ana i te Wiki o te Reo Māori i tēnei tau. Ko te uri ni o Ngāti Hāua tētahi e rongo ana i ngā taumahatanga i a ia e ako nei i te reo o ōna mātua tīpuna.

Ko tōna mata rongonui te waka pānui a Julian Denniston i ana kōrero ki te ao.

“If you're Māori and you think speaking Māori is dumb it’s not dumb it’s amazing, it’s not something you say, it’s something you do, it’s a part of you.”

Kua aronuitia tenei tamati tekau ma toru onā tau i roto i ngā mahi whakaari. Engari e ai ki tōna Māmā ki a Mabelle, he wero nui kei mua i te aroaro.

“He didn't go to Kohanga but really pleased to say he's going to Hutt International Boys in Trentham and this year is the first year they have offered te reo through school.”

Hei tā te heamana o Ngāti Kahungunu a Ngahiwi Tomoana, “Ka runga a ia nga mamaetanga nga uauatanga nga piki me nga heke o te ako i te reo Maori no reira ka taea e ia era ahuatanga te whangai atu ki etahi te ako i te reo maori.”

E mahi ana a Dennison ki te taha o te ringatohu a Julian Arahanga me te kaiwhakaari a Tammy Davis mo ngā whakatairanga wiki o te reo Māori. E ai ki a ia, he taonga te reo mo tātou katoa.

Hei tā Dennison/Arahanga, “All ages of people can learn te reo Maori and it can be challenging if you didn't get brought up in that family that learn te reo māori but akina te reo Māori, so yeah give it a go.”

Ki te taea e tēnei tamaiti no Poneke kāhore ōna reo Maori, ka taea hoki e koe Aotearoa.