Te Reo: Love the Language
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.