Plan for bilingual signs
A South Auckland community’s leaders are embracing the chance to promote te reo Ma¯ori.
The Manurewa Local Board plans to introduce bilingual signs in English and te reo in its workplace and around the suburb.
The announcement coincides with Ma¯ori Language Week, which runs from September 11-17.
Board chairwoman Angela Dalton says she and her colleagues and their staff are keen to embrace te reo.
They initially decided to introduce bilingual signs for places such as the reception, kitchen and meeting rooms at their office in Hill Rd, she says.
‘‘The more we talked about it the more excited we got. We realised we had a real opportunity to take the lead in our community in showcasing te reo Ma¯ori throughout Manurewa.
‘‘We’re fortunate to have our deputy chairman Rangi McLean leading us on this journey and to be a champion of this initiative.’’
McLean, who’s fluent in te reo Ma¯ori, says he’s proud the board is taking the lead in showcasing the language.
‘‘Over time we would love to see all the main signs in our office in te reo and for our parks and community facilities to also have Ma¯ori names.’’
Manurewa Local Board chairwoman Angela Dalton, left, and deputy chairman Rangi McLean.