In the wake of the passing of distinguished Māori language scholar Professor John Moorfield we reflect on the next generation of those who are making considerable contributions to Te Reo Māori revitalisation. Today we celebrate the 75th Te Takarangi book to be highlighted by acknowledging Scotty Morrison’s Māori Made Easy; a resource developed to allow Māori language learners to take control of their learning in an empowering way.
Morrison, S. & Morrison, S. Māori Made Easy: For Everyday Learners of the Māori Language. Raupo, 2015
Scotty Morrison (Ngāti Whakaue) developed Māori Made Easy, a step by step methodical language learning programme to meet the needs of te reo Māori learners. Over the last decade Scotty Morrison, together with his wife Stacy have raised bilingual children, researched, tutored, lectured and interviewed on the topic of te reo Māori revitalisation. They have been active in building Māori language-speaking communities for whanau; written language strategies and over the last few years have turned their energy to writing books. In 2017, Scotty Morrison adopted a new role at Massey University’s Te Pūtahi-a-Toi, working alongside Stacey in a strategic, advocacy and lecturing capacity.
Māori Made Easy has been developed as an accessible guide to learning te reo Māori no matter your knowledge level. Morrison contends that while dictionaries list words and definitions, and other language guides offer common phrases, Māori Made Easy connects the dots, allowing the language learner to take control of their learning in an empowering way.
Winner of Ngā Kupu Ora Award 2016, Ngā Kupu Ora Māori Book Awards.
This publication is part of the series Te Takarangi: Celebrating Māori publications - a sample list of 150 non-fiction books produced by a partnership between Royal Society Te Apārangi and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga.