Te Reo: Love the Lan­guage

South Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE -

Wiki or Word of the Week, is de­signed to en­cour­age schools, com­mu­ni­ties and or­gan­i­sa­tions to in­tro­duce and adopt a new Maori word each week for 50 weeks.

More than 6,700 Maori live in the South Waikato. That’s al­most one third of the to­tal pop­u­la­tion.

And res­i­dents seem to be click­ing on to the im­por­tance of the lan­guage, in­clud­ing ded­i­cated Raukawa Char­i­ta­ble Trust work­ers.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion has dressed Toko­roa’s Pine Man ap­pro­pri­ately in a t-shirt that reads Aro­ha­tia te Reo which trans­lates to Love the Lan­guage.

And with such a cul­tur­ally dy­namic read­er­ship, South Waikato News has jumped on board too.

Not only will we print one Maori word ev­ery week for the next 50 weeks, in this spe­cial edi­tion you will find Maori trans­la­tions for var­i­ous head­ings as well as a three-page fea­ture, ded­i­cated en­tirely to the cel­e­bra­tion of Maori Lan­guage.

We un­der­stand that some­times it can be dif­fi­cult pro­nounc­ing Maori words so to as­sist, South Waikato News has taken six of the most im­por­tant words for our district – our ma­jor town names – and added a pro­nun­ci­a­tion guide above. Your feed­back counts: Let us know what Maori Lan­guage Week means to you and how this edi­tion helped you on your learn­ing jour­ney.

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