FROM THE STAR
Kia ora koutou. This is Te Wiki o Te Reo Ma¯ ori 2017, the week we celebrate the language that is unique to our country.
On page 3 we have a story about the different dialects of
Ma¯ o¯ ri. 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. 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.
This is also the week where our newspaper has changed its style on the spelling of Ma¯ ori words. We will be inserting a macron (the little dash over the appropriate vowel) thus being more accurate. This is permanent and is hopefully a sign that we are moving forward. 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.
Kia haere tahi tatou puta.