The fact is Kaimai has no ‘s’ nor will it

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By KA­T­RINA TANI­RAU mata­mata.edi­

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.

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