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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.

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