CPIT staff spread Te Reo knowledge in USA
Hana O’Regan, Kaiārahi and Director of the Student Services Division and Hemi Hoskins, Manager of Te Puna Wānaka, have been recognised internationally as leaders in the subject of Māori language revitalisation. They have been invited to attend two prestigious international conferences on indigenous studies in the USA, an opportunity that reflects their high level of expertise.
From 31 May to 1 June the Language Revitalization in the 21st Century: Going Global, Staying Local Symposium & the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) Annual Conference are being held in New York City.
Hana and Hemi will be involved in panel discussions on issues relating to Language Revitalisation, a subject which they are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about. Hana has been previously recognised for her outstanding work towards revitalisation of the Ngai Tahu dialect through education and other channels, earning a fellowship to the International Centre for Language Revitalisation last year.
They will then attend the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Conference from 3 to 6 June in Connecticut to present at the panel discussion “Whakatau he reo: a language transformed”.
The conferences present an excellent opportunity for Hana and Hemi to enhance the awareness of Te Reo worldwide and they will bring back a wealth of knowledge from their experiences to share with Te Puna Wānaka staff and students.
An update will be posted on their trip when they return.