Te reo sign pos­si­ble

Waikato Times - - News -

Plans for a bilin­gual wel­come to Ro­torua road sign may pro­ceed af­ter the New Zealand Trans­port Agency said it was will­ing to work with Ro­torua Lakes Coun­cil on the is­sue. Plans for the sig­nage, part of a push to es­tab­lish Ro­torua as New Zealand’s first of­fi­cial bilin­gual city, had hit a road­block af­ter the NZTA cited rules that re­quired signs to be in English. How­ever, Ro­torua mayor Steve Chad­wick said talks with NZTA chair Dame Fran Wilde had been pos­i­tive. ‘‘Coun­cil has a con­struc­tive work­ing re­la­tion­ship with NZTA and we will keep work­ing on this, we’ll get there. This will set the prece­dent for other places so it needs to be done prop­erly and we need to get it right.’’ NZTA di­rec­tor of safety and en­vi­ron­ment, Harry Wil­son, said the agency was open to ex­plor­ing op­tions for te reo sig­nage.

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