Adding macrons in Ma¯ori a step in right direction
The New Zealand Herald and its sister websites and newspaper publications in the NZME group have taken a big step toward giving the Ma¯ ori language recognition. All nzherald.co.nz online platforms and print titles have started using macrons in Ma¯ ori words.
Macrons will also appear in the Manawatu¯ Guardian. A macron is a line above a vowel to indicate that it has a longer sound. The macron — tohuto¯ or po¯ tae — meaning “hat” in Ma¯ ori — indicates which part of the word to stress, helping pronunciation, and can change the meaning. Our paper is committed to doing better and we welcome readers’ feedback.