FROM THE EDITOR
I feel really proud of our city and our community when I see the increasing diversity of our residents reflected in our community activities and now even our council chambers.
The Palmerston North City Council voted last month to introduce Māori wards to our council, to guarantee seats at the table for Māori (see Page 11).
While two-thirds of submissions made to the council on the topic appeared to oppose the decision, the councillors voted to introduce it anyway, which is admirable.
The Summer Reading Programme, set to start soon, is now taking a multilingual approach, offering books to read in English and te reo Māori, as well as Mandarin, Japanese, German, Spanish and French. New additions this year include Korean and Thai.
As the city libary’s Jeremy Corroenne says, it’s a great opportunity for young people to use first or second languages outside of the home or classroom, which can only be good for the varying cultures who share our community.
- Lisa Houston