Cor­rect mis­pro­nounced Ma¯ori place names


Ever heard a Ma¯ngere or tara or Ma­nurewa be­ing mis­pro­nounced on Google Maps? Now’s your chance to have it cor­rected.

Say it Tika (Say it Right), an on­line plat­form de­vel­oped with Google Maps, is be­ing launched by Voda­fone this Ma¯ori Lan­guage Week.

It’s as sim­ple as drop­ping a pin on the in­cor­rectly pro­nounced te reo names they have en­coun­tered while us­ing the app.

The changes to the nav­i­ga­tion app are ex­pected late this year. In con­sul­ta­tion with the Ma¯ori Lan­guage Com­mis­sion, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Ma¯ori, the cor­rect names will be set.

To help spread the word, te reo ad­vo­cate Te­muera Mor­ri­son has jumped on board too.

Ngahiwi Apanui, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Ma¯ori says it is proud to part­ner with Voda­fone and Google Maps.

‘‘We want to see and hear te reo Ma¯ori ev­ery­where - on the streets, in shops, in schools, on ra­dio, on TV and on­line.’’

Ac­cord­ing to Stats NZ, the pro­por­tion of Ma¯ori able to hold an ev­ery­day con­ver­sa­tion in te reo has dropped by 3.7 per cent be­tween 1996 and 2013. Make a cor­rec­tion at www.sayit­


Te­muera Mor­ri­son en­cour­ag­ing the use of te reo.

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