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