The search for a Te Reo speaking Moana ends today

The search to find a Te Reo speaking Moana ends today, as director Rachel House continues to review auditions for the hit Disney film to be dubbed into Maori.

It is hoped dubbing of the film into Te Reo will be finished in time for Maori Language week in September.

"It promotes our language in a really big way I think, and it's already been so popular with our kids so it's going to be fantastic to now implement Te Reo into that," House said.

House also voices Moana's Grandma in the movie.

It's hoped Moana will be voiced in Te Reo in time for Maori Language Week in September. Source: 1 NEWS



Te reo not main priority for Māori trying to survive in regions - educator

Learning Te Reo Māori isn't the main priority for many Māori in Northland because they're too busy trying to survive, a Ngāpuhi educator says.

Evelyn Tobin is a strong advocate of Ngā Puhi reo and dialect but has seen the strength of Te Reo Māori in Northland diminish in recent years.

There are now fourth generation urban Māori who had lost connection to their homelands and marae, Ms Tobin said.

Ms Tobin believes there has been a passionate response by urban Māori to learn te reo.

But for many Māori in Northland, economic hardship may be preventing them taking up learning their own language, she said.

Ms Tobin highlights lack of employment, over-representation in social services and the building of a brand new prison in Ngāwha.

"My particular passion and commitment is in te reo - for many families there's a higher priority and it may be in fact as simple as to put bread and butter on their children's table at night."

Te Panekeritanga Māori school of Māori language excellence founder Sir Tīmoti Karetu said middle class educated Māori were another key group driving Te Reo Māori revitalisation.

"Part of ourselves is becoming a very middle class person of language - because it's the educators who are pushing out the boat.

"They also have the luxury of time and the economic luxury to indulge - the urban areas I think are much much stronger in their fight for the language than rural areas."

Mr Karetu said he never thought there would be a day where speaking te reo would be such a struggle.

"Because when I was younger you never heard English very much in the whole of the Tūhoe area."

- By John Boynton, Te Manu Korihi reporter

rnz.co.nz


Māori educator Evelyn Tobin Source: rnz.co.nz


Prince Jackson says dad Michael would be 'very happy' with his charitable work as he picks up award

Prince Jackson vowed to carry on his father Michael Jackson's charitable legend as he collected the Motif Lifetime Medal of Honor.

The 21-year-old star picked up the youth advocacy award over the weekend at the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and promised he would continue the King of Pop's charitable legacy.

He said: "This is a really special moment for me. My dad did some cool things, but his biggest passion was helping others. I learned how important that was from him. We called the foundation Heal LA, because the goal was to further the cause of dad's Heal the World organisation and start locally by helping out at home.

"John and I got together with a few of our friends at school and decided to do little things to help out. All of a sudden, it just got bigger and bigger. We were giving more and hosting more events, and all of these amazing people started helping. Let's heal LA and Heal the World."

And Prince thinks his father "would be very happy" with his charitable efforts.

He shared: "Our generation, they focus on the wrong things, like, 'Who's wearing what? Who's doing what? Who's vacationing where?' There are real problems going on in the world that can be helped not by powerful people but by everyday people who just go in and devote their time.

"You should be decent enough to help out or want to help out your fellow man or woman."

Prince Jackson. Source: Bang Showbiz


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Hamilton McDonald’s worker ordered to stop speaking te reo with customers

A teen employee at a Hamilton McDonald’s keen to celebrate Māori Language Week with customers had her enthusiasm dashed this week when a manager told her not to speak New Zealand's official language.

Janine Eru-Taueki, 19, was told it would be considered rude to address customers in a language other than English, she told Māori Television.

Some customers who don't speak te reo might think an employee is talking about them, a company representative told the station.

"This is the first time I've been told by anyone that I can't speak Māori," Ms Eru-Taueki said.

In 1976, the first fast food burger restaurant in NZ was opened in Porirua. Source: 1 NEWS

"I don't agree because Māori is an official language of this country. Some of the customers come up and ask if they can make their order in Māori. I was really sad the other night because I couldn't speak to them in Māori myself."

But McDonald’s officials said they are learning from the situation and will explore policies that might better support Māori Language Week in the future. The restaurant didn’t receive any customer complaints about Ms Eru-Taueki’s bilingual efforts, they confirmed.


Nicki Minaj breaks silence over fight with Cardi B - 'I am not a clown'

Nicki Minaj has broken her silence after she was "humiliated" by her fight with Cardi B at New York Fashion Week.

The Superbass hitmaker was "mortified" by her altercation with the Bodak Yellow rapper at New York Fashion Week and was embarrassed by how they "made theirselves look".

A person who witnessed the incident said Minaj was finishing up a conversation with someone when Cardi B tried to attack her, but Minaj's security guards intervened.

Speaking on Beats 1 on Apple Music, she said: "The other night I was a part of something so mortifying, so humiliating to go through in front of upper echelon people - it's not about black or white - people who have their lives together.

"I was mortified ... I could not believe how humiliated I felt .... how we - and I use the term 'we' loosely - made ourselves look.

"I would never discuss anyone's child. It's so sad for someone to pin that on me. I would never talk about anyone's child's or parenting, I don't give a s**t. It's so crazy to me that people always need to make Onika the bad guy.

"If you're right in whatever you're doing, you don't ever have to make someone into the bad guy. You know I didn't say or never did talk about anyone's child ... I am not a clown, that's clown s**t. The other thing that is clown s**t is telling the world that they did s**t because you look dumb."

Soon after the incident, Cardi took to Instagram, where she claimed she let Nicki "talk big s**t about" her.

She shared: "I've let a lot of sh*t slide. I let you sneak diss me. I let you lie on me. I let you attempt to stop my bags, f**k up the way I eat! You've threatened other artists in the industry, told them if they work with me you'll stop f**king with them! I let you talk big s**t about me. 

"But when you mention my child, you choose to like comments about me as a mother, make comments about my abilities to take care of my daughter is when all bets are f***ing off! I've worked too hardand come too far to let anybody f**k with my success!!!"

Nicki Minaj Source: Associated Press