Plan for bilin­gual signs

Manukau Courier - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - CHRIS HARROWELL

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.

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