Uenukuterangihoka - Whakatāne

Sir James Henare- the language is the core of our Māori culture and mana.
Sir James Henare- the language is the core of our Māori culture and mana. If the language dies as some predict what do we have left to us? Then I ask our own people, who are we? Our Māori language, as far as our people are concerned, is the very soul of the Māori people. What does it profit a man to gain the whole world but suffer the loss of his own soul? Even if we gain the world, to be monolingual, a Japanese once said, is to know only one universe. Ka tau ka pai.