Dave Dobbyn releases Te Reo version of Welcome Home to mark Māori Language Week

What's Fresh 11/09/2017

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) is under way as a debate continues about how best to continue revitalising te reo Māori.

On Monday there's a parade in Wellington to celebrate te reo Māori. It starts by the cenotaph at 11am and goes to Civic Square.

Māori pop group Maimoa Music has also worked with Dave Dobbyn to translate and sing his iconic song Welcome Home in Māori to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.

"It feels, it's an honour and a privilege to sing in te reo," he told Māori Television.

This year the week comes during an election campaign where policies that promote te reo Māori have been debated. Among them are whether learning the language at school should be compulsory or not.

Last month Auckland Grammar headmaster Tim O'Connor appeared on media programmes to discuss the introduction of te reo Māori as a compulsory language to all form three students at the school.

Te reo Māori is an official language of New Zealand along with English and New Zealand Sign Language.

Alongside the rerelease of Welcome Home there are other initiatives for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori including the release of the Disney Film Moana in te reo, TradeMe introducing a te reo option for its IPhone App and ANZ ATMs now allowing users to perform banking tasks in te reo Māori.

ANZ bank’s spokesperson, Antonia Watson, says “its part of our commitment to give everyone an opportunity to use te reo Māori more in their everyday life”.