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In this issue we prepare for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori and offer the wero (challenge) of being one of a million reo speakers during the Māori Language Moment at noon on Monday 14 September.

We explore the life and work of poet Hone Tuwhare and consider the significant legacy of Rangiātea Church in Ōtaki. We also let New Zealand put its best foot forward and see the many ways the country has promoted itself in the past.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

Banner for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.

E haere ana Te Wiki o te Reo Māori ā te 14-20 o Mahuru, ā, he nui ngā taonga pūranga hei tūhura māu. He rangitaki hoki ā mātou e pā ana ki te hītori o te Wiki, me te uara o te whakarārangi i ngā hōtaka reo irirangi ā-iwi

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, Māori Language Week, runs 14-20 September and we have plenty of archival material to explore. We also have a number of blogs that reflect on the history of Te Wiki and the value of cataloguing iwi radio.

Hei te tīmatanga o te wiki kitea ai te Wa Tuku Reo Māori. Ā te 12 karaka ā te 14 o Mahuru ka pīrangi mātou kia kōrerotia, kia waiatatia, kia whakanuia te reo e ngā tāngata kotahi miriona i taua wā tonu; ahakoa wā poto noa iho neki. Heoi anō hei tautoko tēnei i te whāinga kia Kotahi miriona ngā reo kōrero ā te tau 2040.

The start of the week will also see the Māori Language Moment – Te Wā Tuku Reo Māori. At noon on Monday 14 September organisers want one million of us speaking, singing and celebrating te reo at the same time: even if just for a moment. This supports the target of having one million reo speakers by 2040.

Kia Kaha Te Reo Māori

The Poetry of Hone Tuwhare

Hone Tuwhare with guitar. Courtesy Hone Tuwhare Trust.

Hone Tuwhare was one of New Zealand's most iconic and much-loved poets. Our archive holds a large collection of recordings of Tuwhare, and audiovisual works inspired by him. On our catalogue you can hear him reading from his first poetry collection in a radio feature from 1967; watch a video interpretation of his poem Drunk; and hear him reading Hotere at a City Gallery exhibition of the work of Ralph Hotere.

Special thanks to the Hone Tuwhare Trust for their assistance.

Ko Hone Tūwhare tētahi o ngā tino kaitito ruri o Aotaeroa. E hia kē nei ā mātou taitara e pā ana ki a Tūwhare, me ētahi taonga nāna i whakaihiihi. E taea ana te whakarongo ki a i ia e pānui ruri ana i tētahi hōtaka reo irirangi i te tau 1967; mātakihia tētahi kiriata hei whakamāori i tana ruri Haurangi: whakarongo ki a ia e pānui ana i a Hōtere i te Whare Whakaatu i ngā Toi e whakaatu ana i ngā mahi a Ralph Hōtere. 

Ka mihi ki te Hone Tūwhare Trust i ā rātou āwhina.

Hone Tuwhare

The Legacy of Rangiātea Church

Rangiātea Church Centenary by Sydney Charles Smith.

Reflections on the first 100 years of Ōtaki’s iconic Rangiātea Church were beautifully captured in two audio recordings of the thanksgiving ceremony held at the church on 18 March 1950. The occasion marked the centenary of the church’s opening and speaks to the nature of time – we can listen back to this 1950 recording, which captures the community looking back to 1850 and looking forward to their future with the church.

Speakers included Governor General Sir Bernard Freyberg, Sir Apirana Ngata and the Bishop of Aotearoa, Frederick Augustus Bennett, who all praised the vision and design of the church.

Rangiātea Church

Promoting New Zealand

Otago's Cold Lake Regions: North Fiord, Lake Te Anau. Courtesy Auckland Libraries.

Let's be honest: New Zealand is an incredibly photogenic place. As soon as film and radio could be broadcast, they were set to work touting the country for audiences at home and abroad. Check out our archival collection of promotional films, filled with scenes that are variously 'wild', 'dramatic' and 'romantic'.

Promoting New Zealand
From the Archives
  • The first day of Spring is a great reason to check out the delightful classic 'The Uncertain Season' by Shirley Maddock. This early television broadcast from 1962 (mostly) survives from an era when most tapes were 'taped over'.
  • 100 years ago on 25 August 1920, pilot Captain Euan Dickson became the first person to fly over the Cook Strait – Raukawa Moana. Listen to Captain Dickson recalling the flight 50 years later in 1970.
  • Anei te pūkōrero, a Hēnare Tūwhāngai e kōrero ana mō te hītori o te Kīngitanga i tētehi hui kaumatua i te marae o Waiwhetū i te tau 1980. I pāpāhotia e mātou tēnei kōrero rangatira mā tā mātou Pukamata i tērā marama hei whakanui i te Kīngi Māori, a Tūheitia Potatau te Tuawhitu me tōna Koroneihana tuangahuru mā whā. 
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All images from the collections of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, except where noted:
1. Banner for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. Courtesy Te Taura Whiri.
2. Hone Tuwhare with guitar. Courtesy Hone Tuwhare Trust.
3. Rangiātea Church Centenary by Sydney Charles Smith. Courtesy Kete Horowhenua.
4. North Fiord, Lake Te Anau. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections AWNS-19281122-48-1.
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