New Zealand college student video goes viral

Kapiti college student Finnian Galbraith, gains thousands of views over Youtube video on Maori language

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

15-year-old student Finian Galbraith originally made a video for a school competition stressing the importance of Maori language pronunciation, which gained rapid fame worldwide.

The video has gained more than 130,000 likes and has been shared more than 26,000 times.

Galbraith talked about how New Zealanders do not try to learn and pass on the Maori language even though it is considered and official language in the country.

Galbraith also could not help but notice Maori names being mispronounced by natives who refuse to carry on the language.

“People hate English pronounced incorrectly, especially their names, but yet, is it fine for people to go around pronouncing Maori names

incorrectly?” he stated.

The Maori language has been an official language since 1987, and is known as Te Reo language.

“The issue isn’t even about learning Te Reo, it is about basic respect, and people deserve to be respected,” Galbraith added.

Despite the fame, the student stated that he was not expecting that much of recognition.

"I had absolutely no idea it was going to come to this - it's amazing really," he said.

In an interview with the BBC, the student said that he has been taught the language at school and thinks pronunciation is important “to preserve the culture.” This was his main inspiration to make the video.

TRTWorld and agencies