FROM THE ED­I­TOR

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS -

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

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