FROM YOUR PAPER
Kia ora koutou - and welcome to Te Wiki o Te Reo Ma¯ ori 2017, the week we celebrate the language that is unique to our country.
On page 5 we have a story about the different dialects of
Ma¯ o¯ ri. For example, did you know that each iwi (tribe) and hapu (clan) have their own accents and dialect. For Ma¯ ori how they speak defines them. That is why it is important we all value the language. It should be a way of bringing us together rather than keeping us apart. I would add the teaching of standardised te reo, what I call pan Ma¯ o¯ ri, is a huge mistake because it ignores all the nuances and variations of the language used by different iwi.
Taranaki has a turbulent history and now we are growing past it. Not forgetting, but moving on together. The Crown’s apology at Parihaka for the atrocities committed was a giant step into the 21st century.
I am of European heritage but I am also a New Zealander and I am proud to be a member of our rich, diverse community.
Te rangimarie ki te katoa. May peace prevail.