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I’m re­ally pleased to­day to an­nounce The Tri­bune and Stuff have in­tro­duced macrons for Ma¯ori words in all of our sto­ries.

This move marks the start of Te Wiki o te reo Ma¯ori, Ma¯ori Lan­guage Week and a sig­nif­i­cant and in­clu­sive change for our work.

We have de­cided to make this his­toric change to pay the ap­pro­pri­ate level of mana to one of New Zealand’s of­fi­cial lan­guages.

For the unini­ti­ated, macrons are the hor­i­zon­tal lines above some vow­els that in­di­cate an ex­tended vowel sound. Us­ing them in our sto­ries will help peo­ple with the cor­rect pro­nun­ci­a­tion of words, while also pre­vent­ing mis­taken or mis­in­ter­preted mean­ings.

It is our in­ten­tion to en­sure all Ma¯ori words are cor­rect but this will also be a learn­ing process for staff. We will make mis­takes. We will miss macrons or put them on the wrong words.

But re­gard­less of any stum­bles we make along the way, we can as­sure you that our team is com­mit­ted and ex­cited to make this leap, and we hope you will sup­port us in do­ing so. - Lisa Hous­ton

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