Part one of three from this full length documentary.
Part two of three from this full length documentary.
Part three of three from this full length documentary.
The credits for this documentary.
This documentary tells the 25-year history of Kohanga Reo, through the influential figure of Iritana Tāwhiwhirangi (a finalist for 2014 New Zealander of the Year). Kōhanga Reo is a world-leading educational movement which revitalised Māori language, “by giving it back to the children”. Unafraid to touch on controversy, director Tainui Stephens journeys from a time when students were punished for speaking Māori, to a world where they can have ‘total immersion’ schooling in te reo. The Qantas Award-nominated documentary debuted on Māori Television, and was invited to Canadian indigenous festival ImagineNATIVE.
It [te reo] is the voice of the people … it expresses the intellectual flow of ideas, it expresses the psyche of a people.– Tāmiti Reedy
Made with funding from NZ On Air