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He Taonga Te Reo

17 Jun – 1 Oct 2017

He Taonga Te Reo (the treasure of language) celebrates 30 years of Te Reo Māori being recognised as an official language of Aotearoa New Zealand. Languages come in many forms—we can use words, symbols or patterns to say something. Until the nineteenth century, Māori was an oral culture instead of a written language and meaning was embodied in weaving, carving, architecture, tattoo, dance and song. He Taonga Te Reo shows Māori language as central to Māori culture, and opens the door to te ao Māori, the Māori world.

New Zealand Curriculum Links

Social Science, Visual Art

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Rangi Kipa, *Navigator*, Collection of The Dowse Art Museum, purchased 2009

Rangi Kipa, Navigator, Collection of The Dowse Art Museum, purchased 2009