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E mōhio ai koe ki a au, me mōhio koe ki tōku reo.

He pūrongo arotake tēnei mō te pukapuka ‘He Kupu Tuku Iho: Ko te Reo Māori te Tatau ki te Ao’ – Nā Timoti Karetu rāua ko Te Wharehuia Milroy.

Tomo mai ki taku ao Māori i runga i te reo pōhiri o ōku tupuna,

te reo maioha o ōku pākeke, me te whakaaro nui o ēnei mātanga reo ki te poipoi i te reo, me te kaha o tā rāua whāngai i te reo ki te hunga e ngākaunui ana ki te reo.

Nau mai te taringa, nau mai te manawanui.

Nau mai, pānui mai rā e nga toa tauā e ngana nei ki te hauhake i te kai a te rangatira.

Kāore pea te ao e mārama ki te nui o te tōtā kua heke i te rae o ngā tautōhito nei a Tīmoti Karetu rāua ko Te Wharehuia Milroy, mō te reo Māori tonu te take. Ko ngā kai ō roto, he tuinga ā-kupu o ngā rautau e arohanuitia e rāua ki te reo, ō ngā tini wheako whaiaro hoki. Hei tā Te Haumihiata, he oha nō ngā morehu koroua nei ki te hunga e kaingakau ana ki te reo Māori.

Inā te maha o ngā pukapuka kua whakarewahia e te tira Perehi ō Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmakimakaurau heoi, kaore ōna rite ki tēnei rourou mātauranga a ngā koroua nei. Ko te nui o ōna hiranga e mau nei ki tōna tuāpapa ara ki ētahi o ngā kai ō roto, e kīia ai ko te tikanga-ā-iwi, te wetereo, te mana, te tapu, te wairua, me ngā take kōrero o ia rā. Koinei ētahi ō ngā kaupapa whāiti e hōhonu ai te ruku a ngā ruānuku matararahi nei. Ko te mea mīharo rawa atu, koinei te huatahi ō te tokorua nei, kāore e kitea he kohinga kōrero pēnei nā i runga i ngā pae pukapuka o te ao.

Ko ētahi o ngā kai ō roto e aro ana ki te ao hou me tōnā reo. Hei tā ngā kaituhi, ko te nuinga ō ngā kupu e kaha rangona ana i ēnei rā he mea waihanga o roto i ngā rautau tata nei. Ehara i te mea i kapo noa mai i te rangi, ehara hoki i te mea i ahu mai i te reo tawhito, ko tō rāua, he āta whakaarohia te momo wairua o te kupu me tōna kaupapa, koirā e mana ai. Kātahi te whakaaro ataahua ko tēnā. E tohu ana tēnei i te āritarita o ngā arero Māori ki te whanake tahi me te ao hurihuri. Kia kaua noa e mau ki ngā āhuatanga ō rātou mā (kia kaua hoki e whakarērea) engari kia ngātahi te katete atu. Ko tāku i kapo mai i ngā kōrero ā ngā koroua, e whakapapa pounamu ngā wai o ō rāua manawa i runga i te mōhio, e ora pai nei te reo Māori ki tēnei reanga ōku, me te reanga ō runga ake (takiwa o te 14-45 tau). Inā te nui o te whiu tao ā ngā pakeke mō te kino o te reo a ngā rangatahi, me te kino ō ngā waiaro hēoi, anei ngā mātanga e mīharo ana ki te rangatahi, mō te pīkoko ō te ngakau, te hia kai o te arero ki ngā hua o te reo Māori me ōna katoa. Nei ngā rangatahi e whakatairanga i te reo, e kawe nei i te reo i roto i ngā mahi o ia rā, ki ngā tōpito katoa o tō rātou ao. Kāore tēnei reanga e tino mihia e ngā pakeke…Anō nei kua whakawhiwhia ki te tohu hōnore nui ktk.

E hoa mā, me he tūtara kauika kua pae ki uta, e hao nei te hoki ki tai.

Taihoa te ao e manawanui mai ki tō tātou nei reo.

E noho ana au ki te poho o tōku whare ō Te Tumu Herenga Waka. Kōtahi atu taku wairua ki te whenua taurīkura, ki roto o te rohe pōtae o Tūhoe. Panekire maunga tēnā koe, Taiarahia maunga tēnā hoki koe, kei ngā uri o ngā maunga whakahī, ngā poutokomana o te Panekiretanga, nei ā mihi e kore e ngū.

Nā Kalany Shelford

Ngāi Tūhoe, Te Aitanga-ā-Māhaki, Te Arawa

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