'If the language was a patient it would be on life support' - Historian believes Te Reo Maori in dire straits

A leading New Zealand historian claims Te Reo Maori is in dire straits and says many of the current approaches used to revitalise is are backfiring.

Professor Paul Moon says making te reo compulsory isn't the answer to regenerating the language. Source: 1 NEWS

Professor Paul Moon makes the claims in his new book Killing Te Reo Maori: An Indigenous Language Facing Extinction.

Speaking to TVNZ1's Te Karere Mr Moon says: "If the language was a patient it would be on life support".

"Every year, we see a new campaign, and new method, or a new idea which its backers promise will revitalise Te Reo Maori," Mr Moon says in a statement.

"Some show a lack of rudimentary understanding of how languages survive or die, most are ill-conceived, and all ultimately fail."

Professor Moon has drawn on numerous studies and reports to argue that many of the current approaches to saving the Maori language are backfiring and the insistence on the correct pronunciation of Maori is damaging the language. 

"Te Reo Maori is reaching the point where it may disappear as a living language in just one generation," he says.

"A completely new approach is needed if there is to be any chance of saving it. If we continue on the current course, however, Te Reo Maori will cease as a living language."

Mr Moon suggests putting "resources into things like kohanga (reo) in particular and kura kaupapa – so there's a progression that works through".



Trailer full of sheep reportedly left in sweltering Otago sun for nearly an hour

A trailer carrying dozens of sheep has reportedly been left abandoned under the blazing summer sun in Otago today.

A photo posted to the Vegans of Aotearoa Facebook page shows the trailer sitting without a truck as temperatures hit 31 degrees.

A trailer full of sheep was left on the state highway near the town of Milton for up to an hour, an on-looker told 1 NEWS.
A trailer full of sheep was left on the state highway near the town of Milton for up to an hour, an on-looker told 1 NEWS. Source: Facebook/Vegans of Aotearoa New Zealand

The trailer full of sheep was left on the state highway near the town of Milton for up to an hour, an on-looker told 1 NEWS.

The on-looker said the truck belonged to Cook Transport.

The driver of the trailer containing the sheep has since arrived.

When 1 NEWS phoned Cook Transport about this today story today they had no comment to make.

A trailer full of sheep was left on the state highway near the town of Milton for up to an hour, an on-looker told 1 NEWS.
A trailer full of sheep was left on the state highway near the town of Milton for up to an hour, an on-looker told 1 NEWS. Source: Facebook/Vegans of Aotearoa New Zealand

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Teens and boy, 12, wanted after pizza delivery man attacked and robbed in Napier

A pizza delivery driver was threatened with a weapon, assaulted and robbed of his cellphone, a pizza order and cash when he made a delivery to a group of up to five youths in Napier late last night.

Police say the group of four or five males, ranging in age between 12 and 16, called in a pizza order and waited for the 22-year-old male victim to arrive.

The delivery man pulled up to the rear driveway and car park of the Quality Inn Hotel in Hastings Street just before 11pm.

One of the males then threatened him with a weapon and physically assaulted him on the footpath, said Detective Sergeant Craig Vining.

One of the males got into the victim's car and took his personal cell phone, the pizza order and cash, Mr Vining said.

It is likely at least two of the youths were using push scooters, one of which was recovered by police. Source: Supplied

The victim was treated for minor injuries and is recovering well despite this ordeal, Mr Vining said.

They initially ran towards The Warehouse driveway before heading in the direction of the RSA building on the corner of Hastings and Vautier Streets.

Scooter connected with Napier robbery.
NZ Police

Mr Vining says it's likely at least two of them were using push scooters, one of which was recovered by police.

"We are working hard to quickly identify these boys and ensure others are not at risk," he said.

Anyone who may recognise the scooter or can tell police who it belongs to is being asked to contact Napier Police on 06 831 0700, or annonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police also want to hear from anyone who saw the group of boys hanging around in the Hastings Street area for a time leading up to the incident.



Police car generic.
Police car generic. Source: 1 NEWS