Te Kawa a Māui – School of Māori Studies


Public Lectures

Professor Rawinia Higgins - inaugural lecture

Date: 7 July 2015

Time: 6.00 pm

The Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University of Wellington, Professor Grant Guilford, invites you to the inaugural lecture to be given by Professor of Māori Studies, Rawinia Higgins.

Ki wīwī, ki wāwā—Normalising the Māori language

Does the Māori language need to be ‘ki wīwī (here), ki wāwā (there) and everywhere’ to be normalised in Aotearoa New Zealand? Te reo Māori has had official language status since 1987 and numerous Māori language revitalisation activities have occurred to date. Yet, despite these efforts, statistics continue to show a decline in the number of Māori language speakers. Professor Higgins’s lecture will challenge key assumptions about the revitalisation process and highlight how Māori language planning and policy in New Zealand is disjointed, uncoordinated and subject to cultural and political paradigms which—instead of a ‘ki wīwī, ki wāwā’ approach—actually leaves the language nowhere.

Refreshments will be served following the lecture.

RSVP by Friday 3 July with ‘Higgins’ in the subject line.

Our inaugural lectures are very popular. RSVP as spaces are limited.

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