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