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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.

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