Taranaki Reo, Taranaki Tāngata: Our language, Our People
2 June - 26 August, Level 2 Space, Puke Ariki
'Ka ngaro te reo, ka ngaro taua, pera i te ngaro o te Moa'
If the language be lost, man will be lost, as dead as the moa
Taranaki’s distinctive reo is on show in an exhibition spanning the Māori New Year and Māori Language Week.
Taranaki Reo, Taranaki Tāngata features writing from three of Taranaki’s leading 19th century chiefs, along with historical manuscripts and events to introduce newcomers to the Taranaki dialect.
Taranaki’s reo is best known for its 'dropped' or aspirated ‘h’, but the dialect’s distinctive nature goes much deeper. Historically, dialect differed not only from other regions, but also between Taranaki iwi, from north to south.
Tuhinga tawhito looks at Taranaki reo in historic writings; Taranaki Tāngata focuses on the people who kept the language alive through times of adversity; and our Te Kōrero-ā-Waha events programme encourages everyday use of Taranaki reo.