Waipapa Marae entrance

Remember and reflect: The Declaration of Independence and the National Day of Commemoration for the New Zealand Wars

28 October 2022 marks the anniversary of the signing of He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tirene: the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand in 1835. Te Pūtake o te Riri, He Rā Maumahara, or the National Day of Commemoration for the New Zealand Wars, is commemorated on the same date.  Read more…

Detail from the Linguistic Society of New Zealand's Studies in Pacific Languages & Cultures, in honour of Bruce Biggs

Bruce Biggs and the revitalisation of te reo Māori

The Māori language petition for active recognition of te reo Māori was delivered to Parliament in 1972. It had over 30,000 signatures and became the starting point for a significant revitalisation of te reo Māori. 

At the time, te reo Māori revitalisation was still in its infancy at the University of Auckland, after receiving a boost during the 1950s, with Bruce Biggs — ethnographer, linguist, and champion of te reo Māori — at the helm.  Read more…