The fact is Kaimai has no ‘s’ nor will it
Matamata te reo Maori teacher and kaumatua Will Murray has a bone to pick with the New Zealand Transport Agency.
He was disappointed to find that a sign at the foot of the Kaimai Range says: Have a safe trip over the Kaimais.
The fact that an ‘‘s’’ has been put on the end of the word Kaimai is what irritates Murray the most.
‘‘It makes a mockery of the Maori language,’’ he said.
‘‘There has never been and never will be an s in the Maori alphabet.’’
Murray was alerted to the signs by non-Maori members of the public.
He went for a drive to investigate and was disappointed by what he found.
‘‘The bottom statement ‘Just the facts’ contradicts itself completely,’’ he said.
‘‘ I understand that they [ the ranges] are referred to as the Kaimais in everyday conversation but to have it on a sign that visitors from around the country and world are going to see is a disgrace.’’
Murray wants the New Zealand Transport Agency to remove the s and place Range underneath Kaimai.