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Efforts to revitalise te reo Māori through music a topic of conversation

Story Published Tuesday 19 October 2021

The revival of reo Māori has been a topic of conversation for many years with many industries and communities coming together to make changes and support this initiative. Following the first run of Waiata Anthems Week in September, an industry-wide campaign to bring waiata reo Māori to the spotlight, many thoughtful conversations have been circulating about the impact of te reo Māori in our music industry.

For the love of the language

"Dame Hinewehi Mohi (Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāi Tūhoe) is the driving force behind the Waiata Anthems album project which enabled young artists like Six60 and Lorde to record their hit songs in te reo Māori. Here she writes about the motivation for the project and why it's dear to her heart."

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Bringing Attention to the Māori Language, One Song at a Time
(The New York Times)

"Waiata/Anthems, Lorde’s “Te Ao Marama” EP, and a host of other projects are aimed at revitalizing the Indigenous language of New Zealand via music."

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Kiwi Artists Are Naturalising Māori Culture and Language Through Music
(Rolling Stone AU)

"The hard-won future of New Zealand's native language is in good hands, and music is at the forefront."

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