Adding macrons in Ma¯ori a step in right di­rec­tion

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS - By MERANIA KA­RAU­RIA

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.

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