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Watch an interview with Dr. Darryn Joseph

View this interview by Nicola with Dr Darryn Joseph who is a Lecturer in te reo Māori (Māori language) and also an author of a bilingual picturebook.

Dr Darryn Joseph is a Lecturer in te reo Māori (Māori language) and he is also an author of a bilingual picturebook: Whakarongo ki ō tūpuna. Listen to your ancestors.

In this interview, Darryn tells us a little about Te Reo Māori (the Māori language), and its status in Aotearoa/New Zealand. We discuss the emergence of books being translated from English to Māori, and then the genesis of his own bilingual picturebook Whakarongo ki ō tūpuna/Listen to your ancestors which was inspired by his former teacher. At the heart of his picturebook is the notion of knowledge being passed down between generations. His picturebook was originally written In Māori, and his publisher suggested it become bilingual with English text as well. We discuss the layout of text in the picturebook which gives Māori text first followed by English on each page. Darryn relates feedback from readers who have appreciated the inclusion of two languages in his picturebook.

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