"We're losing our whole language around the country, there's only 50,000 fluent speakers left!!"
"We could make a kindergarten and immerse our language into it! That will spread the word!"
"Now are preschool children are fully immersed into our languages and customs.Now there are 416 language nest around NZ."
The Māori lost many speakers and only had about 50,000 fluent Māori speakers left, most being elderly people.
"Welcome to the Waitangi Tribunal, we have heard your story and would like to help and make a new law."
The first kōhanga reo (language nest) was set up in Waiwhetu, Lower Hutt.
"Yay! Now our language is recognised around New Zealand!"
Preschool children were immersed into the language and customs. 3 years later there were 416 language nests around the country.
"Now we have our own t.v channel and radio station! Lets watch!"
In 1986 the Treaty of Waitangi Tribunal heard about the heard about the Te Reo Māori language claim.
As a result from the claim in 1987 a new law was put in place so that the language was recognised around the country.
In the 1990's the government made plans to sell state-owned broadcasting assets. Māori lodged new claims aiming for a greater role in the electronic media. They then got radio frequencies reserved for them and in 1993 funding was established. In 204 a Māori television channel was introduced and still is there today.