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Language is like a pearl inside a shell. The shell is like the people that carry the language. If our language is taken away, then that would be like a pearl that is gone. We would be like an empty oyster shell.
- Yurranydji Dhurrkay
In 1972 a small group of language champions presented a petition to parliament from 30,000 New Zealanders asking the government to teach Māori language in schools. Ten years later Māori language champions marched to parliament again, calling for te reo to be made an official language in its own land.

In 2021, the annual event was marked with more than 1.1 million people who logged online to speak Māori at the same time. Thanks to the determination of some incredible people, the revitalisation of te reo is a movement that continues to this day.
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