NZME moves to in­clude Māori macrons

Waipa Post - - Letters To The Editor -

From this week all web­sites and news­pa­per pub­li­ca­tions in the NZME group, which in­cludes Waipa¯ Post, Te Awa­mutu Courier and our monthly mag­a­zines The Coun­try and Driven, take a big step to­ward giv­ing the Ma¯ ori lan­guage the recog­ni­tion it de­serves.

Around the group we have started us­ing macrons in ap­pro­pri­ate Māori words.

A macron is a line above a vowel to in­di­cate it should be spo­ken as a long sound. The macron — known in Māori as to­huto¯ (or po¯tae — mean­ing “hat”) — in­di­cates which part of the word to stress, aid­ing in cor­rect pro­nun­ci­a­tion, and can change the mean­ing of a word to plu­ral, or to some­thing else en­tirely.

Waipa¯ Post and Te Awa­mutu Courier edi­tor Dean Tay­lor wel­comes the NZME move and says it has re­fo­cussed his team’s ef­fort to use the lan­guage cor­rectly.

Across the group it is ac­cepted it is only right that we should make our best ef­forts to prop­erly present te reo Ma¯ ori, given its sta­tus as an of­fi­cial lan­guage of New Zealand, and its deep-rooted im­por­tance to the peo­ple of this coun­try.

Es­ti­ma­tions are that around 150,000 New Zealan­ders speak con­ver­sa­tional Māori. It is a liv­ing lan­guage and is a trea­sured part of our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, from pre-schools through to ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions.

Māori words have also had a spe­cial in­flu­ence on New Zealand English, with every Kiwi be­ing fa­mil­iar with a range of com­mon terms and greet­ings, and with many birds and trees known only by their Ma¯ ori names.

This unique part of New Zealand cul­ture is some­thing of which we should all feel proud, and it’s some­thing that we must pro­tect.

We’ll be us­ing re­sources rec­om­mended by the Ma¯ ori Lan­guage Com­mis­sion plus the as­sis­tance of our in-house ad­vi­sor, Stacey Mor­ri­son.

This will be a learn­ing curve for ed­i­to­rial teams and it will take some time to achieve con­sis­tency and ac­cu­racy.

How­ever, we are com­mit­ted to do­ing bet­ter and we wel­come read­ers’ feed­back as we learn and im­prove.

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