Po­lice re­veal new te reo Ma¯ori-in­spired ve­hi­cle

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - STAFF RE­PORTER

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.

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New Zealand Po­lice has re­vealed a Maori-in­spired po­lice car for Maori Lan­guage Week.

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