Thursday 14 December 2020
 

Time to take stock as Commission farewells chair
Kia titiro whakamuri tātou i te wehenga atu o te Ahorangi i Te Taura Whiri

[English language release follows]

Kua whakapuakina te ingoa o te Ahorangi hou [Erima Henare] o Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, nā reira e tika ana kia whakarārangitia ētahi o ngā mahi nunui i oti i raro i te mana o tō mua Ahorangi, o Tākuta Patu Hōhepa. Kua puta tēnei kōrero i te kaiwhakahaere o Te Taura Whiri, o Haami Piripi.

Nā ngā pūmanawa o Tākuta Hōhepa i te taha wetereo, i te taha rangahau, i te taha tōrangapū, i ngā hononga ki te ao Māori me te ao kaipakihi, i pakari kē atu ai te kaha o Te Taura Whiri i tāna noho i reira mō te whitu tau," e ai ki a Haami.

He mea waimarie, i te mea nāna mātou i kaha ai ki te tūhonohono ki ngā hapori Māori, me ngā hapori reo o ngā moutere, me ētahi o ngā tino rōpū o te motu, pēnei i Te Whakaruruhau o Ngā Reo Irirangi Māori, i Whakaata Māori, i Te Reo Tātaki o Aotearoa, i Microsoft me Te Kāhui Tika Tangata i roto i ā mātou mahi.

He maha tonu ngā tino kaupapa hou nā Tākuta Hōhepa i whakatū, ko Te Mātāpuna tērā – te papakupu reo Māori anake, ko Mā Te Reo tērā – te pūtea āwhina i te reo i waenga i te iwi, ko Matariki tērā – te tau hou Māori, ko Kōrero Māori tērā, he kaupapa pārongo mō te reo, me ‘Into te Reo, ‘Give it a go,’ he kaupapa akiaki i ngā tāngata katoa, ahakoa ko wai, kia huri mai ki te ako, ki te kōrero i te reo,” e ai tā Haami.

He poutokomanawa a Tākuta Hōhepa i roto i ngā mahi whakahou i Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, me te whakatū hōnore mō te mahi auaha ki te whakamahi i te reo puta noa i te motu.

Ka wehe atu a Tākuta Hōhepa i ōna hoa o te poari me te kōingo o te ngākau, i a Iritana Tāwhiwhirangi rātou ko Hana O’Regan; ko Ruakere Hond, ko Wayne Ngata. Kua whakahoutia te noho o ēnei tāngata mō tētahi toru tau atu anō.
“Ka noho te poari, ngā kaiwhakahaere me ngā kaimahi i roto i te pouri, otirā ōna mōhiotanga nui ki te reo me ngā tikanga Māori, me tōna kaha ki te pupuri i te hoe urungi o te waka ahakoa pēhea te hūkeri mai o ngā ngaru.”
“I a ia ka tae nei ki te mutunga o tōna nohonga tuaura hei tumuaki, ka wātea anō a Patu ki te mahi i waenganui i i tōna whānau, i tōna hapū me tōna iwi – e kore e mutu ngā mihi ki a ia, me te hiahia kia hora te marino ki mua i a ia” te kī a Haami.

Ka mutu

With the announcement of a new chair [Erima Henare] for the Māori Language Commission it is timely to stock take our achievements under the governance of outgoing Chairperson Dr Patu Hohepa. That’s according to Commission Chief Executive Haami Piripi. “It is largely due to the linguistic, academic, political, Māori and business networks and abilities of Dr Hohepa that the Commission has grown in so many ways over his seven year term,” says Mr Piripi.

“We have been able to forge relationships with Māori and Pacific language communities, and with key national organisations including Te Whakaruruhau o Ngā Reo Irirangi Māori, Whakaata Māori, TVNZ, Microsoft & the Human Rights Commission. 

Dr Hohepa has played an integral part in the establishment of new initiatives including Te Mātāpuna – monolingual Māori language dictionary, Mā Te Reo – community language fund, Matariki – Māori New Year, Kōrero Māori nrogramme and the ‘Into te Reo’, ‘Give it a go,’ push to all New Zealanders,” says Mr Piripi.

Dr Hohepa has also been instrumental in revitalising Māori Language Week celebrations and instituting awards to recognise innovative efforts to use reo Māori throughout the nation.

Dr Hohepa will be sorely missed by fellow board members Dr Iritana Tāwhiwhirangi; Hana O’Regan; Ruakere Hond and Wayne Ngata who have all been reappointed for a further three-year term.
“The board, management and staff will miss him, particularly the opportunities to draw on his wealth of knowledge of te reo and tikanga Māori, and his ability to respond to any situation.”

“Having recently completed his second term as Chair, Dr Hohepa will now be able to focus his attention on progressing the development and needs of his whānau, hapū and iwi - we wish him well,” says Mr Piripi.

 

ENDS

For more information: 

Lana Simmons-Donaldson

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori

lana@tetaurawhiri.govt.nz

04 4716 724, 0274 574 551

Haami Piripi

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori

04 4710 244