Language and Identity: You are Us and We are You (E-Tangata)

‘The connection that Māori people have with the peoples of the Pacific is timeless because we are bound by our culture, by our DNA, and by our language…There is one language of Te Moana-nui-ā-Kiwa and we all speak a dialect of it. My dialect, te reo Māori, is the youngest version of our Pacific language: te reo o te Moana.’

Reo expert Ngahiwi Apanui shared these powerful thoughts on language and identity at a recent Pacific languages fono. This kōrero offers some important reflections on how we think about certain dimensions of our Three Tikanga Church. You can read this June 2023 article from E-Tangata here.