FROM THE EDITOR
Kia ora koutou - and welcome to Te Wiki o Te Reo Ma¯ ori.
We’ve taken the week one step further, and we’re celebrating the tangata whenua of our region. In our pages this week we share our passion and enthusiasm for te reo and our region’s kupu tuku iho (history). We’ve even embraced the chance to share our own whakapapa with you - nip over to Instagram and Neighbourly and hear our mihi.
It would be very easy to ignore this week, as many do and will. My own roots are English, Scottish and Welsh. But at heart I’m a New Zealander, and my children are Kiwis. This is our country, and we can lay partial claim to an incredibly rich, unique and beautiful culture. Why wouldn’t you? It’s like being able to say the crown jewels are ours, and choosing to hide them away in a cupboard.
So kia ora, and welcome.
He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.
What is the most important thing in the world? It is the people, it is the people, it is the people.