Rawinia Higgins

Professor Rawinia Higgins (Ngāi Tūhoe) is the Māori Language Commissioner at Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Māori and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Māori) of Victoria University of Wellington. She was 2018's Wellingtonian of the Year for education.

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori
Sep 12, 2021

Kia kaha: The intergenerational struggle to preserve te reo Māori

It takes one generation to lose a language and three generations to restore it. 

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Ātea
Jan 16, 2020

We’re not being too PC about te reo Māori. We’re worried

lNew Zealand’s first language is endangered. We can’t afford to normalise misspelling and mispronunciation any more than it already is, writes Māori Language Commissioner Rawinia Higgins.

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Ātea
Dec 31, 2019

Mangling Māori names is no longer 'the way it is'

While we can’t ever get our voices entirely away from the way we were brought up, we have a choice.

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Ātea
Oct 29, 2019

Marcus Lush is on the right side of history. Mangling Māori names is no longer ‘the way it is’

While we can’t ever get our voices entirely away from the way we were brought up, we have a choice.

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