Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori: Pay Te Reo speakers a premium

13 September 2017
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Sophie Tamati being interviewed by Newsroom's Mark Jennings

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori: Newsroom speaks to three wahine toa on tikanga Māori and their journey with Te Reo over the years. One of them was Dr Sophie Tauwehe of Te Puna Wananga.

Tenēi rā : Dr Sophie Tauwehe Tamati

Leading educationist Dr Sophie Tauwehe Tamati says employers should pay Te Reo speakers a premium.

Rewarding bilingual employees would be good for business and good for fostering the Māori language, she says.

Sophie, a senior lecturer in Education at the University of Auckland, invented Hika – a mobile phone app that translates English into Māori. (Watch the interview on Newsroom)

Mark Jennings speaks to Sophie about why she thinks Te Reo is starting to flourish as a language, and why Māori language week should be expanded.


Dr Sophie Tamati is a senior lecturer in Te Puna Wananga, at the University of Auckland's Faculty of Education and Social Work. Her research and teaching specialisms are:

  • Transacquisition Pedagogy
  • Applied Linguistics in Māori-medium Education
  • Bilingual education - Second Language Acquisition, Translanguaging
  • Biliteracy - Simultaneous Transliteracy
  • Māori-medium pre-service education
  • Māori-medium in-service professional learning and teaching (PLD) for te reo Māori
  • Māori-medium education: Reorua, Rūmaki, Kura Kaupapa Māori, Wharekura, Wānanga
  • Kaupapa Māori Theory
  • Māori education

Used with permission from Newsroom, Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori: Pay Te Reo speakers a premium published on 13 September 2017.