Published June 27, 2017
This video was recorded by Argo Cayhadi in Kingsford, New South Wales, Australia. Maori is spoken by as many as 150,000 people, primarily in the Polynesian nation of New Zealand, where it is official alongside English and New Zealand Sign Language. A literary language since the 1800s, Maori is written with the Latin alphabet. Though the language fell into decline in the decades after the Second World War, Maori activists began cultivating a revival movement in the 1980s, which has continued to develop since the turn of the 21st century. In addition to increased government recognition, Maori immersion schools, as well as Maori use in media, are increasingly commonplace.