Police reveal new te reo Ma¯ori-inspired vehicle
The New Zealand police force has unveiled a te reo Ma¯ori-inspired vehicle to mark Ma¯ori Language Week.
The patrol car is emblazoned with the word ‘‘Pirihimana,’’ which means ‘‘police’’ in te reo Ma¯ori.
The vehicle also features blue and yellow koru designs.
About 11 per cent of police officers across New Zealand identify as Maori, according to the latest figures.
The car will be based in Counties Manukau.
‘‘We wanted to do something visible to show our support of Te Reo Ma¯ori and highlight our commitment to recruiting more Ma¯ori in Ta¯maki Makaurau, and across Aotearoa,’’ Police Commissioner Mike Bush said.
‘‘We are passionate about reflecting the communities we serve and working with Iwi to achieve better outcomes for Ma¯ori’’.
On September 11, Stuff introduced macrons for Ma¯ori words for use online and in newspapers.
Macrons are the horizontal lines above some vowels and indicate a longer vowel sound.
Te Wiki o te reo Ma¯ori (Ma¯ori Language Week) runs from September 11 to 17.
New Zealand Police has revealed a Maori-inspired police car for Maori Language Week.