Kenny Williams began studying Māori during his work second COVID-19 lockdown. Williams, 36, lives alone and the isolation makes her want to feel closer to her identity as a native of New Zealand – an identity she has been trying to hide for most of her childhood.
After he ordered several Māori language books, he found that his studies helped him build a connection with his Māori history. “I didn’t know it was a gap that was missing in my life,” he said.
This is not just a lockdown in isolation – New Zealanders of all stripes are applying to learn the language of the Māori, native New Zealand – “te reo Māori,” as it is broadly called. But COVID-19 may have provided a boost: One university reports that 7,000 people access Māori language and culture online for free. Of course within a 10 day period during lockdown.
The New Zealand government has promised to make sure 1 million inhabitants able to speak basic Māori by 2040 – an attempt to revive a UNESCO-classified language “Susceptible”. Language has been incorporated into everyday life in large and small ways. At sporting events, the national anthem is sung in English and Māori language. Vodafone, the largest mobile network, changed the banner that mobile users see on the screen from “Vodafone NZ” to “VF Aotearoa”. That meeting room at the Microsoft Auckland office it has the Māori name, and Pic’s, a popular peanut butter brand, has translated it label.
Kenny Williams, 36, from Auckland, started learning Māori during his second COVID-19 lockdown to get in touch with his Māori roots.
Photo courtesy of Kenny Williams
It is also common for New Zealanders of all backgrounds to sprinkle Māori words and phrases into their speech. Nearly everyone interviewed for this story started the conversation with the greeting “kia ora” instead of “Hello. ” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has fought for the cause, and swears that he is Princess, 2, will grow up speaking Māori.
A renewed interest in Māori is also emerging as New Zealand continues to wrestle with its colonial history – and representations of Māori culture. In the run-up to general elections in September, the Māori Party – which aims to represent the interests of Māori people – is calling for the country to be renamed New Zealand—Māori name of the country, which translates to “land of long white clouds”. The party won two seats in the election, after being ousted from parliament in 2017. Ardern’s meanwhile was a quarter cabinet is of Māori descent, Ardern says now is not the right time to argue about changing the country’s name.
Brought back from the brink
The native language of New Zealand was still the country’s main language from the start 19th century, but it was pressured over the next several decades to be sure Māori children assimilated with the increasing number of English speaking colonial immigrants. “My grandparents weren’t allowed to pronounce it, so they didn’t pass it on to my parents and my parents didn’t give it to me,” Williams said.
But experts say over the past five years or so, the number of people trying to learn languages has increased significantly. By the end of 2019, hundreds of people were on the waiting list for language classes at Auckland University of Technology. Ara Institute of Canterbury, a vocational training school, says Māori enrollments jumped 35% between 2018 and 2019.
The drivers of revitalization are Māori who embrace their language, and non-Maori New Zealanders who study it to gain a better understanding of their language. national identity, for professional reasons or out of a sense of moral duty, according to researchers at Massey University. Ella Henry, a professor at Auckland University of Technology, said that his university’s language classes are divided into about 50% Maori students and 50% non-Maori students.
Vivian Chandra, 39, who lives in Auckland, said she has been trying to learn languages continuously for about three years. “I feel that to respect the customary land where I live, and to respect the indigenous people who have welcomed me to their country, I must speak their language,” said Chanda, who moved to New Zealand from Malaysia with her family as a child.
Williams says she was bullied growing up as the only Māori student in her class, so she’s doing everything she can to disguise her legacy. But things have changed. “Obviously there is a change in perception. There is more willingness and openness to celebrate Māori [language] and Māori culture. “
“The acceptance and celebration of Māori culture in the wider community in New Zealand played a part in the revival of the language,” said Henry, of the Auckland University of Technology.
Calculation with colonial history
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (right) learned how to row before joining the crew at Te Whanau Moana waka made for women to row by Uncle Hector Busby on February 5, 2020 in Waitangi, New Zealand.
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Although Māori culture was embraced, the effects of colonialism were still being handled. In some cases, the use of Māori has been criticized as being token or performative. “There are some terrible things that are going on in this place, but they are not handled even remotely by the increasing tendency for people like me to use the strange phrase te reo Māori,” said Richard Shaw, a politics professor at Massey University, who describes himself as “Pākehā”, a Māori word widely used of New Zealanders of European descent.
Māori people face worse outcomes than non-Māori people in many areas. Māori tribe Unemployment rate more than double the national level, and the Māori make up about 21% less. They are more likely to catch some diseases and they die about 7 years earlier. They were more than 2.5 times more likely to die assault and murder. In Auckland, more than 40% homeless are Māori, although only 11% of the population.
But proponents hope the integration of the language can bring more public focus to Māori affairs. “By studying the language, I have learned a lot about tikanga at te Ao Māori (cultural practice in the Māori worldview),” said Chandra, giving some of the phrases he learned. “And it makes me more aware of contemporary as well as historical issues in terms of the country I choose to make home.”
On the contrary, widespread interest in the language can actually spoil it. Researchers said in a study published in early January that it was in a “The road to extinction” unless resources are devoted to teaching young Māori. Tessa Barrett-Walker, lead author of the study, said it was detrimental to spread too few proficient teachers across a limited number of people across the general population. “Studying among Māori should take priority at first,” he said.
Williams is confident that he will be able to attain fluency, and he recently surprised his grandfather by greeting him with some Māori phrases when he arrived at a family gathering (COVID-19 is now under control in New Zealand).
“He would love to have the opportunity to convey reo to his family, but given the circumstances and time he is living in, he can’t do that,” said Williams. “That’s what I want to do, I want to be able to carry on that tradition.”
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The first tropical cyclones formed overnight in the southwest Pacific, and some models track them straight to New Zealand just before Christmas.
Astrologer Niwa said Typhoon Yasa was currently between Vanuatu and Fiji.
Weatherwatch.co.nz says it will spend the next few days circling in a giant circle for strength. The storm is expected to change from a category 1 to a category 3 hurricane when it passes through Fiji on Wednesday.
While Fijians were alerted, Weatherwatch said modeling from various agencies showed Yasa’s 40 percent confidence could reach New Zealand about a week from now.
One scenario has a potentially destructive cyclone in Northland and turns to the country’s top on Monday.
“WeatherWatch has about 40 percent confidence this low will reach New Zealand, maybe a week from now. However, the hurricane will undergo major structural changes at this point which means any number of future scenarios are possible from a serious blow to a low weak that brings only a little rain, to which falls and misses entirely. “
The trust level is based on modeling from various agencies over the past few days and reflects our current beliefs, Weatherwatch said.
The first tropical cyclone of the season in the Southwest Pacific has formed between Vanuatu and Fiji.
In October, Niwa warned that the country faced a slightly higher chance of experiencing a former tropical cyclone over the next six months, caused by warmer oceans and the developing La Nina climate system.
Each season – usually around the end of summer – at least one of these wild and destructive systems runs within 550 km of New Zealand, bringing strong winds and torrential rain.
This season, Niwa predicted the potential of two players.
Tropical Cyclone Forecast 2020-21 🌀
💨 8 to 10 tropical cyclones are expected across the Southwest Pacific from Nov-Apr, which is close to or slightly below normal
Karachi – Chief Minister of Sindh (CM) Syed Murad Ali Shah said that eight more patients died bringing the death toll to 2,864 and 1,348 new cases emerged when 12,159 samples were tested bringing the number to 167,381. This was disclosed by Sindh CM Syed Murad Ali Shah in a statement issued on Wednesday. He added that eight more patients died overnight bringing the death toll to 2,864 which is a mortality rate of 1.8 percent. Mr Shah said that 12,159 samples were tested which diagnosed 1,348 new cases which is the current 11 percent detection rate. He added that so far 1,929,972 tests had been carried out on 167,381 detected cases, 88 percent or 147,564 patients had recovered, including 607 overnight. According to Murad Ali Shah, currently 16,953 patients are being treated, 16,226 of whom are in isolation homes, 13 in isolation centers and 714 in different hospitals. The condition of 614 patients was declared critical, including 58 who switched to a ventilator. The CM said of 1,348 new cases, 933 had been detected from Karachi, including 343 from the South, 338 from the East, 92 from the Center, 83 from Malir, 52 from Korangi and 25 from the West. He added that Hyderabad has 106 cases, Badin 73, Jamshoro 31, Shaheed Benazirabad 26, Sanghar 21, Matiari 16, Umerkot 13, Sujawal nine, Mirpurkhas and Sukkur eight each, Naushehroferoze seven, Ghotki six, Khairpur and Thatta three each- respectively, Dadu and Tando Mohammad Khan two each. CM urged the provincial community to follow the SOP.
Millions of Americans have taken to the skies and highways ahead of Thanksgiving at the risk of spilling gasoline on the coronavirus blaze, ignoring increasingly serious warnings to stay home and limit their holiday gatherings to members of their own household. Those who fly have witnessed a distinctly 2020 landscape at airports across the country: plexiglass barriers in front of identification stations, rapid virus test sites inside terminals, masks in check-in areas and at on planes, and paperwork asking passengers to quarantine themselves upon arrival at their destination. As the number of Americans traveling by air in the past few days has fallen dramatically from the same time last year, many have continued with vacation plans amid the spike in deaths, hospitalizations and confirmed infections. across the U.S. Some were tired of more than eight months of social distancing and determined to spend time with loved ones. “I think with the holidays and everything, it’s so important right now, especially because people are so disappointed with the whole pandemic,” said Cassidy Zerkle, 25, of Phoenix, who is flew to Kansas City, Missouri, to visit family during what has traditionally been one of the busiest travel times of the year. She brought snacks and her own hand sanitizer and said the flight was half full. She had a row of seats to herself. “As long as you keep your distance, don’t touch things, and sanitize your hands, people should see their families now,” she said. The United States has recorded more than 12.7 million coronavirus infections and more than 262,000 deaths. The country still lacks about eight infections for every person identified, according to a new government report on Wednesday. Many people don’t get tested, especially if they don’t have symptoms. More than 88,000 people in the United States – an all-time high – were in hospital with COVID-19 on Tuesday, pushing the health care system in many places to the breaking point, and new cases of the virus have set records, climbing to an average of over 174,000 per day. Deaths climbed to more than 1,600 per day, a mark last seen in May, as the crisis in the New York area abated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local authorities pleaded with people not to travel and urged them to have small Thanksgiving celebrations. “This will ensure that your extended family will be there to celebrate Christmas and to celebrate the holidays next year,” said Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear. But even Denver Mayor Michael Hancock flew to Mississippi to spend Thanksgiving with his wife and youngest daughter despite sending messages on social media and city staff asking them to avoid traveling for vacation. He apologized, acknowledging that he was going against his own public guidelines. “I made my decision as a husband and father, and for those who are angry and disappointed, I humbly ask you to forgive the decisions that are made by my heart and not by my head,” Hancock said. About 900,000 to 1 million people a day passed through US airport checkpoints from Friday to Tuesday, a drop of about 60% from the same period a year ago. Yet it was one of the largest crowds since the COVID-19 crisis hit the United States in March. Last year, a record 26 million passengers and crew cleared U.S. airports in the 11 days around Thanksgiving. More Americans drive than fly on vacation, and AAA forecast those numbers to be lower this year as well. How much lower the automobile club did not say. Many states and cities have adopted precautions. Travelers to Los Angeles, by plane or train, were required to complete an online form acknowledging California’s request to quarantine people for two weeks after arriving in the state. Thea Zunick, 40, boarded a flight from Newark, New Jersey to Florida to see her 90-year-old grandmother and parents. “We all decided it was worth the risk,” Zunick said. “But I wanted to make sure that all the efforts I made to stay healthy weren’t canceled out by the recklessness of others. And absolutely, I know I’m taking a risk by stealing. I know it, but sometimes it is necessary. She was isolated at home for days before the trip, tested negative for COVID-19, and made sure to choose an early and direct flight. She also masked and put a face shield on top. “I felt like an astronaut, to be honest,” Zunick said. Once at the airport, Zunick said, she saw low mask compliance, loose enforcement of rules, long queues to check in baggage and disregard for social distancing in security lines. . Once she boarded her full flight, with the middle seats occupied, she watched the passengers eat and drink with their masks down and sit next to a passenger wearing a loose bandana, which prompted her to call a flight attendant, she said. “I said to the flight attendant, ‘Hey, the person next to me, is that allowed? Because it makes me uncomfortable. They say, ‘Oh, yeah, that’s good.’ But that’s not the case, ”Zunick said. “The bottom was open. And he was so loosely tied up that he kept falling throughout the flight and he kept playing with it and trying to tighten it up and pull it up. Anne Moore, a 60-year-old woman from Chicago, flew to Albany, New York, to be with her daughter for the holidays. Her daughter is elderly at Dartmouth College, and Moore and her husband feared she might return to Illinois on her own. Before the peak, the family had planned to have a Thanksgiving gathering of less than 10 people. But instead, it will only be Moore, her husband and daughter. “I have friends who are alone. And I don’t invite them. And I feel bad about it, ”she said. “We’re going for a walk or something instead. But yes, the three of us isolate ourselves. The summary of the coronavirus. Everything you need to know about the global spread of COVID-19 Thank you! For your security, we have sent a confirmation email to the address you entered. Click on the link to confirm your subscription and start receiving our newsletters. If you do not get the confirmation within 10 minutes, please check your spam folder. Contact us at [email protected] .