Kura Reo Kai Tahu
It is great to see communities working together to strengthen their traditional knowledge and increase the ties that bind.
From the Timaru Herald .
The community at Arowhenua is hosting the second annual Kura Reo Kai Tahu (language school of Ngai Tahu) – a project facilitated by Ngai Tahu in an effort to bring generations of the tribe together to speak their dialect in an immersion environment. Young and old working together is always rewarding for all parties.
As individual communites grow and strengthen – that strengthens us all. It takes three generations of speakers to ensure a language survives. That is – a parent today has a child and speaks te reo to that child as they grow. That child is a fluent speaker and when they have their child they also speak te reo to them. That child grows up fluent too. Three generations speaking a language and it starts today. The Ngai Tahu dialect is unique and there are many dedicated people working to ensure it survives. Thank you for your efforts.