'Te Reo Maori is our language' - Kiwis encouraged to give it a go for Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori

The chief executive of the Maori Language Commission says Maori Language Week - Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori - is about participation and everyone should give it a go.

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Ngahiwi Apanui, speaking this morning to TVNZ1's Breakfast, said most New Zealanders know at least a little Maori - whether it be "puku" "kai" or "kia ora" - and the key is to use it.

"Te Reo Maori is our language - it's New Zealand's language ... its something for everyone" Mr Apanui said.

"The more people that speak your language the more mana it has."

Mr Apanui said he believes there is a growing positive attitude towards te reo, with more non-Maori opting to learn it than ever before.

He said he thinks the language will continue to prosper among all New Zealanders, with only a minority of Kiwis not speaking it in 100 years' time.

Ngahiwi Apanui says Te Wiki O Te Reo Maori helps to encourage the growing positive attitude towards te reo in Aotearoa. Source: Breakfast

Watch: 'We're doing as much as we can' – Bill English defends National's record on suicide prevention

Bill English was forced to defend National's record on mental health this morning on TVNZ1's Breakfast.

Host Hilary Barry asked the National Party leader why no one from his party attended the Yes We Care suicide awareness gathering outside Parliament yesterday.

"I wasn't aware of that, there will be someone there today," he replied. "I know about suicide, I have seen the devastating impact it has on families and have met with some of these people involved with the campaign."

"That's why National has focused on mental health and have looked to target the issue in more depth with our latest mental health package, which will look to expand services to schools, GPs and e-therapy digital counselling," Mr English said in defence.

He was then pressed on whether the government is doing enough when it comes to mental health right now.

"I think we're doing as much as we can, but as I commented we need to try something more and different, to reach more people at risk," he said.

* Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact:

Lifeline's 24-hour telephone counselling service on 0800 543 354.

Depression Helpline (8am to 12 midnight) - 0800 111 757

Samaritans - 0800 726 666 (for callers from the Lower North Island, Christchurch and West Coast) or 0800 211 211 / (04) 473 9739 (for callers from all other regions)

Suicide Crisis Helpline (aimed at those in distress, or those who are concerned about the wellbeing of someone else) - 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)

Youthline - 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email talk@youthline.co.nz

What's Up (for 5-18 year olds; 1 pm to 11 pm) - 0800 942 8787

Kidsline (aimed at children up to 14 years of age; 4pm to 6pm weekdays) 0800 54 37 54 (0800 kidsline)

National's leader says he 'wasn't aware' no one from National was at a suicide awareness gathering outside Parliament on Sunday. Source: Breakfast


Six in hospital after Christchurch house fire

Six people have been admitted to hospital following a house fire in Christchurch, late Sunday evening. 

Fire crews were called to the scene of the blaze that ripped through the house on Clifton Terrace, Sumner, at around 8.30pm. 

It took an hour and a half to extinguish the fire which was a single storey dwelling.

A St Johns spokesperson told 1 NEWS 10 people were assessed at the scene and six were taken to Christchurch Hospital; four with moderate injuries including burning and smoke inhalation and two with minor smoke inhalation. 

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