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.sayittika.co.nz.
Temuera Morrison encouraging the use of te reo.