FROM THE EDITOR
Kia ora readers.
This week is Ma¯ ori Language Week and around the country, New Zealanders are celebrating te reo Ma¯ ori and giving it a bit more attention.
This year’s theme is ‘kia ora te reo Ma¯ ori’ which celebrates New Zealand’s indigenous greeting and the intent of te reo Ma¯ ori revitalisation efforts between the Crown and Ma¯ ori.
One thing I’ve noticed about living in the Far North is how people, both Ma¯ ori and nonMa¯ ori, truly embrace te reo and use it in everyday life.
We’ve got some brilliantly fluent people up here and others who are not afraid to give it a go. It’s lovely to hear and shows a real respect for a culture that makes this area so unique. You might have noticed another difference in the paper this week.
The Northern News is now using macrons (tohuto¯ ) for Ma¯ ori words in recognition of te reo
Ma¯ ori as an official language of NZ. This is a permanent change, not just for Ma¯ ori Language
Ka kite ano¯ !
- Jenny Ling