WE SAY

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE -

Ma¯ori Lan­guage Week should run all year-long.

We should start by writ­ing the pro­nun­ci­a­tion un­der all Ma¯ori road signs across the coun­try.

Wel­come to Porirua. Paw-reeroo-ah - that’s a ree not a ri.

The kids of Takapu¯wa¯hia have the right idea.

They made Porirua’s first bilin­gual road sign, a¯ta haere - slow down.

Their mes­sage adorns new traf­fic signs that have gone up in the vil­lage.

The next step for the ex­tended ver­sion of Te Wiki o te reo Ma¯ori would be to get the state broad­caster, TVNZ, to al­ways run Ma¯ori sub­ti­tles along the bot­tom of the screen ev­ery time the 6pm news comes on, for­ever and a day.

It would help nor­malise it as a part of ev­ery­day life for more New Zealan­ders.

We are rich in Ma¯ori cul­ture, but some­times slow to fully ap­pre­ci­ate what we have.

Te Wiki o te reo Ma¯ori runs from Septem­ber 11 to 17.

- Se­nior Re­porter Jared Ni­coll

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