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Tōku Reo, Tōku Ohooho—Chris Winitana (2011)

Tōku Reo, Tōku Ohooho traces the journey between 1972 and 2008 to revitalise the Māori language.

Publication details

Winitana, C. Tōku Reo Tōku Ohooho. Wellington: Huia Publishers, 2011.

About the book

Tōku Reo, Tōku Ohooho outlines the determined struggle to bring the Māori language back from the brink, providing a range of interviews with those who were active in the fight for the Māori language and includes photographs of key events and people.


Chris Winitana (Ngāti wharetoa, Ngāi Tūhoe) explores the reasons for the decline of the language and charts its resurgence over the last four decades through initiatives such as Waitangi Tribunal claims, the petition and march for the Māori language, the development of the Rakau method of learning, and the establishment of institutions such as kohanga reo, the Māori Broadcasting Authority and Māori Television.


Tōku Reo, Tōku Ohooho is available in a Māori language version and an English version.

Further information 


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.