Radio host claims 'prominent Māori actor' insulted his Te Reo

An Auckland radio host claims he received criticism from a prominent Māori actor over his pronunciation on the radio.

Astley Nathan, who hosts the breakfast show on Flava, said in a Facebook post he had been told his pronunciation made the actor "sick".

But it's not stopping him.

The Facebook post, which says: "Had a prominent māori actor pull me aside on the weekend & tell me that I shouldn’t speak te reo on the radio because it makes him “sick”... (my pronunciation)  Lucky for me I’ve got a thick skin & brushed it off like whatever but it’s people who say things like this that make people apprehensive to even try. You’d think people who have the privilege of being able to speak our language would be encouraging people to speak, not tearing them down...  In saying that I have the deepest respect for our language, the loss of it & anyone who is on the reo journey! I’ll continue to do me & speak māori (to the best of my ability) as much as I can".
Photo credit: Facebook/Astley Nathan

"I've got a thick skin and brushed it off like whatever, but it's people who say things like this that make people apprehensive to even try.

"You'd think people who have the privilege of being able to speak our language would be encouraging people to speak, not tearing them down."

A man in front of some orange buildings.
Astley Nathan. Photo credit: Facebook/Astley Nathan

More than 300 people reacted to the post and 56 commented, many of them supporting Nathan.

"I think it's awesome that there's a swell of people learning. Of course, sometimes we'll pronounce things wrong, at least we're not scared to try!" one person wrote.

"Keep doing you and if you've got haters, it means you're doing something right," another said.

Nathan declined to comment to Newshub.

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