Te Ōhanga o te Pīpīwharauroa – Expressing our economic aspirations in te reo Māori


The pīpīwharauroa does not build its own nest or rear its own young. Māori are much like the pīpīwharauroa in that they have been borrowing from the English language to explain structures and concepts in relation to economic activity. This workshop will discuss findings from my Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. Through archival research analysing language use in the 19th century and an examination of current language use, the project aimed to enhance the contemporary Māori language of economic development by reintroducing and developing appropriate language that expresses economic activity in a kaupapa Māori appropriate way.