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Kia Ora: Maori Rights Breakthrough in New Zealand

In 1984, Naida Glavish, a New Zealand telephone operator became famous for greeting customers in the Maori language. Instead of "good morning" she insisted on saying "Kia Ora".

In 1984, Naida Glavish, a New Zealand telephone operator became famous for greeting customers in her native Maori language. Instead of "good morning" she insisted on saying "Kia Ora". The New Zealand prime minister supported her, and two years later Maori became an official language of New Zealand. Dina Newman spoke to Naida Glavish.

(Photo: Naida Glavish as president of the Maori Party in 2013. Credit: Joel Ford/Getty Images)

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