I note that you are recognising sign language week in your masthead. Congratulations.
However, I noted that for Ma¯ori Language Week the Ma¯ori wording was very prominent with English in rather small print.
For sign language week English is very prominent but sign language is much smaller. Why the bias?
I do not understand Ma¯ori or sign language and if I had to choose which one to learn it would certainly be sign language so that I could communicate adequately with deaf people.
All Ma¯ori speak English so learning Ma¯ori is not necessary for communication.
I know that certain sectors of our community will immediately say I am bigoted because I am not saying what they want to hear but that sort of opinion will only show up their own narrow mindedness.
I suspect that this is a Stuff directive, if so, shame on the directors.
Footnote: The Timaru Herald editor Brooke Black replied: Thank you for your letter, Allan. There was no bias.
The idea behind the masthead was to show a translation of each letter of The Timaru Herald into sign language, within the space available.
We chose to include the sign language translation on the masthead this week as we thought it was an excellent way to bring attention to one of New Zealand’s three official languages. We are proud of our sign language masthead and wish you well on your sign language journey.