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#23 Feb 1, 2012
That was meant for the comment on compulsory te Rep in all schools. And come on most Maoris are cool sure they're. Highly represented. In negative stats but its not a race thing it's a negative or bad attitude thing that turns into resentment. I think its great if Maori can take their settlement money and enrich their people to change their way of thinking and depart the grievance gravy train.
Since: Jul 11
#24 Feb 1, 2012
Yeah, I hear that a lot. The problem I have with this argument is the assumption that Te Reo doesnt have adaptive capabilities when this is actually a characteristic of every human language. As a medium of communication, Te Reo doesnt prevent someone from expressing even complicated ideas or abstract thought.
One of the problems faced by Te Reo is the Crowns vested interest in eliminating Te Reo from mainstream use, from the institutions of power, as a language of authority, and from our schools because they wanted Maori to disappear.
The disinvestment in Te Reo over successive generations has almost become a self fulfilling prophecy for those who want to claim theyd rather see their kids excel elsewhere, as if Te Reo would somehow dumb them down.
Ive learned in my travels overseas that knowing more than one language isnt an impediment to learning. Instead, attitudes like yours create a them and us situation beginning at an early age that remains in later life in other social situations (e.g. college, work, clubs, public domains etc) and actually perpetuates and compounds the problem.
You may think its hypocritical, but at the end of the day I bet youre more than happy to keep this cultural exchange a one way street. I should learn yours; you have the choice not to learn anything about mine. Your language and culture is normal; mine is other. Yours is the in-group, mine is the out-group.
In other words, lets keep the system of white privilege and Pakeha domination in place.
Thats the real issue here. Its not just this or that issue, or even just one issue. All of these ideas overlap and intersect. The real reason Pakeha agitate against Te Reo is because they are vested in maintaining Pakeha dominance in NZ society.
A strong cultural awareness among Pakeha in the form of language and Maori identity ultimately forces them to confront their colonial past, and this is something few Pakeha are willing to do honestly.
#26 Feb 4, 2012
don't loose our TE REO it is who we are if we loose that we will have nothing.
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