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Kia ora and wel­come to Te Wiki o Te Reo Ma¯ori, Ma¯ori Lan­guage Week 2017. You’ll no­tice our masthead is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent this week. We’ve cho­sen to em­brace te reo in cel­e­bra­tion of the week, and on Fri­day you’ll see an ex­tra spe­cial edi­tion of Te Tohu a Ta¯wera (the North­ern Out­look) as we fea­ture not only our lan­guage but also some of the his­tory and cul­ture of our re­gion.

I ex­pect there will be the usual ar­gu­ment that Ma¯ori is a dead lan­guage and it’s of no use off our shores.

But we’d ar­gue that it’s at the heart of a uniquely rich and valu­able cul­ture that we, as Ki­wis, can claim a right to. And why wouldn’t you?

It’s like hav­ing the crown jew­els in the fam­ily and choos­ing to lock them away in a cup­board some­where.

So keep an eye out for our spe­cial edi­tion on Fri­day, and ko­rero with your wha¯nau and tamariki.

You might even learn some­thing.

- Shan­non. EDI­TOR: Shan­non Beynon, shan­non.beynon@fair­fax­me­; 027 497 3717 NEWS: Jonathan Leask; jonathan.leask@fair­fax­me­; 03 311 8714 ; 027 403 0007; Kim Nut­brown; kim­nut­brown@fair­fax­me­; 03 311 8715; 027 807 1770; Emma Danger­field; emma.danger­field@fair­fax­me­; 03 311 8710; 027 228 1851 DIS­PLAY AD­VER­TIS­ING: 03 364 8285 CLAS­SI­FIED AD­VER­TIS­ING: 03 377 8778 go­clas­si­ OF­FICE: 03 311 8702 AD­DRESS: 6 Durham Street, PO Box 114, Ran­giora 7400 North Can­ter­bury’s largest cir­cu­lat­ing news­pa­per with 44,922 copies de­liv­ered ev­ery week.

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