In New Zealand, this is Maori Language Week, or Te Wiki O Te Reo Maori.

Some Australians point to New Zealand's record on the widespread acceptance and adoption of Maori language, and make comparisons with this country, where there is yet to be such success around Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.

But it wasn't always that way in New Zealand - Maori Language celebrations were born in the early 1970s into a climate of widespread rejection and even hostility.

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