Manawatu¯ puts its on­line his­tory site into te reo Ma¯ori

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS -

A com­mit­ment to te reo by Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil has achieved a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone with a bilin­gual ver­sion of Coun­cil’s award-win­ning Manawatu¯ Her­itage on­line store now live.

Coun­cil’s gen­eral man­ager­com­mu­nity Deb­bie Dun­can says with 12,000 pho­to­graphs and doc­u­ments avail­able to down­load and share, hav­ing a bilin­gual site is an­other way of en­hanc­ing the mana of te reo by us­ing the lan­guage to ac­cess con­tent.

“The bilin­gual nav­i­ga­tion of Manawatu¯ Her­itage is an­other step on our lan­guage jour­ney. It fur­thers our re­spect for te reo as an of­fi­cial lan­guage of Aotearoa-New Zealand, and makes sure it has the promi­nence it de­serves.”

Trans­la­tors from He Ku­penga Hao i te Reo have been incorporating bilin­gual site in­struc­tions, nav­i­ga­tion tog­gles, as well as some meta­data.

“We’ve been us­ing te reo where we can and, though it’s not fea­si­ble to do that for all 12,000 items in the dig­i­tal col­lec­tion, we’re choos­ing se­lected el­e­ments of the dig­i­tal col­lec­tion to trans­late. We are also en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to con­trib­ute con­tent in te reo.”

Any Manawatu¯ -re­lated items of cur­rent and his­tor­i­cal in­ter­est can be up­loaded to the site.

“Manawatu¯ Her­itage is set up to record to­day’s sto­ries for to­mor­row’s her­itage. It’s our liv­ing his­tory. We re­ally want peo­ple to use it and make it their own.”

Deb­bie says con­tent can be added in any lan­guage.

“We’ve such a won­der­fully di­verse com­mu­nity, and we wel­come vol­un­teers with lan­guage skills to help mod­er­ate con­tent in th­ese lan­guages.”

The repos­i­tory can also be browsed by map lo­ca­tion us­ing a Geo­graphic In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (GIS) to su­per­im­pose his­tor­i­cal maps onto a modern map of the world.

A free hour-and-a-half workshop on cre­at­ing and up­load­ing con­tent to Manawatu¯ Her­itage takes place on Sun­day morn­ing Septem­ber 23 from 10.30am. Spa­ces are limited and reg­is­tra­tion on her­ or 351-4100 ext 7377 is re­quired.


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