Today, world-famous Māori speaking dolls Pipi Mā have hit the big screen with a new cartoon series. More than one hundred kids and parents attended a free premiere in Auckland.
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A children's Netflix show is raising eyebrows because of its representation of haka and Māori culture. Justin Time Go's episode 'Let's Haka Dance' shows a man wearing a mask, chanting the haka 'tika tonu'.
Time and time again, the Māori language suffers through mispronunciation, misuse, and misappropriation. With the red carpet release of Disney's latest movie Moana due next week in Los Angeles, Polynesians worldwide are anticipating the public embarrassment of mispronounced words. Two Texan Tongans have taken a pro-active approach to the issue through social media.