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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

Week.

Ka kite ano¯ !

- Jenny Ling

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