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Te Kukunga Hou: The Clampdown Revisited

Richard Benton

"Those concerned about the future of te reo Māori must work to ensure that the values listed in the Māori Language Act become a reality for all who call Aotearoa New Zealand home. We must ensure that they are not simply the aspirations of a few, but are threads firmly woven into the social fabric of the country."

This publication is a presentation given by Dr Richard Benton, the founder of Te Wāhanga and lead of the landmark Survey of Language Use in Māori Households and Communities 1973-1978.

NZCER is eternally grateful for Dr Benton's time and wisdom, which in this presentation covers topics from Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the current state of te reo Māori to Dr Benton's own background and The Clash's 1979 single, The Clampdown.

Dr Benton presented at “Kia kotahi te hoe, kia manawa piharau”, a symposium focused on the past, present, and future of reo Māori revitalisation and research, and celebrating 50 years of Te Wāhanga on 1 May 2024. 

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