Topic: Te Reo Māori

Ngāti Kahungunu Kia Eke language strategy

By Heeni Brown
  • North Island: East Coast

Ngāti Kahungunu Kia Eke is the iwi's language strategy, by which they hope to revive the language and dialect of its people.

Jeremy McLeod tells us that the young people of Ngāti Kahungunu want is for their reo to be uniquely theirs so they can utilise it confidently to express their independence and tribalism.  So I've been researching documents written by our elders, looking for any unique Kahungunu language markers.'

Ngāti Kahungunu begins in Te Māhia right around to Te Wairarapa.  Mr MacLeod says it's the people within that region who they are targeting.

"This strategy has been guided by Leon Blake and Pania Papa, and it aligns with Ngāti Kahungunu's needs and aspirations."

Just recently, Ngāti Kahungunu launched its programme to the world.

He says, "The long term goal is for the Māori language as well as our own Kahungunu dialect, to thrive again, which means those things like idioms and sayings that are unique to Ngāti Kahungunu.  That's the ultimate goal."

For the next 15 years, the goal is for all descendants to be able to speak Māori firstly, and secondly to learn the unique colloquialisms of Ngāti Kahungunu's dialect.